Cape Howe

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Introduction

Cape Howe was launched during the war in 1942, and took part in a large number of convoys. She survived the war and was scrapped in 1967 so had a service life of 25 years.

Cape Howe
Cape Howe - Location not known but taken in 1943. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Owners: Cape of Good Hope Motorship Co Ltd, Glasgow
Managed by: Lyle Shipping Company Glasgow.
Builders Lithgows
Yard Port Glasgow
Country UK
Yard number 976
Registry N/K
Official number 168749
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GCYP
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 6,999
Net tonnage 4,851
Deadweight N/K
Length 432.7 ft
Overall Length 447.6 ft
Breadth 56.2 ft
Depth 33.9 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 24½, 39" and 70" with stroke 48".
Engine builders D.Rowan and Co.
Works Glasgow
Country UK
Boilers 3 single boilers operating at 220 psi
Power 510 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed N/K
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Cape Howe for 1943-44 has the following additional information about her:

  • Two decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 Dec 1942 Launched
February 1943 Completed
5 Feb to 10 May 1943 Maiden voyage
1961 Name changed to World Pink
3 March 1967 Broken up at Kaohsiung

Maiden Voyage

Stan Mayes was aboard Cape Howe for her maiden voyage and provided the following comments:

She was a standard cargo ship of Y-4 type, and was equipped with A.N.D.gear - torpedo protection nets. Her Master was Captain P.Wallace and Chief Officer D.Allan. Many of her crew were from the Western Isles and were a good crew to sail with. Following engine trials and checking the A.N.D. gear we went up to Glasgow and loaded 600 tons of ballast which was brick rubble from bomb damaged buildings.

Service in WW2

Cape Howe took part in 63 convoys and many independent voyages during WW2 according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External. Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Liverpool, Feb 22, 1943 ON.169 (Liverpool - NYC)
Independent Halifax, Mar 16, 1943
Halifax, Apr 8, 1943 HX.233 (NYC - Liverpool)
ON.177 (Liverpool - NYC) St Johns NF, Apr 17, 1943
St Johns NF, Apr 22, 1943 HX.235 (NYC - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, May 3, 1943
WN.423 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, May 6, 1943
Methil, May 7, 1943 FS.1109 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 9, 1943
Southend, May 17, 1943 FN.1023 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 19, 1943
Methil, May 20, 1943 EN.231 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Clyde, May 23, 1943
Clyde, May 24, 1943 Independent Barry, May 26, 1943
Barry, Jun 18, 1943 Independent Milford Haven, Jun 19, 1943
Milford Haven, Jun 21, 1943 Independent Clyde, Jun 22, 1943
Clyde, Jun 25, 1943 KMS.19G (Clyde - Passed Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Jul 6, 1943
Passed Gibraltar, Jul 6, 1943 KMS.19 (Passed Gibraltar - Op Husky) Algiers, Jul 8, 1943
Algiers, Jul 14, 1943 KMS.19Y (Algiers - Op Husky) Op. Husky, Jul 20, 1943
Augusta, Jul 21, 1943 KMS.19A (Augusta - Malta) Malta, Jul 22, 1943
Malta, Aug 4, 1943 KMS.21 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Aug 9, 1943
Port Said, Aug 14, 1943 Independent Haifa, Aug 15, 1943
Haifa, Aug 31, 1943 Independent Alexandria, Sep 2, 1943
Alexandria, Sep 5, 1943 MKS.24 (Alexandria - Gibraltar) Augusta, Sep 14, 1943
Syracuse, Sep 19, 1943 not reported Taranto, Sep 21, 1943
Malta, Sep 28, 1943 UGS.17 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Alexandria, Oct 3, 1943
Alexandria, Oct 5, 1943 Independent Port Said, Oct 6, 1943
Port Said, Oct 25, 1943 Independent Alexandria, Oct 26, 1943
Alexandria, Oct 29, 1943 GUS.20 (Alexandria - Hampton Rds) Augusta, Nov 2, 1943
Augusta, Nov 4, 1943 AH.7A (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Nov 6, 1943
Bari, Nov 19, 1943 HA.9 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Nov 21, 1943
Augusta, Nov 22, 1943 GUS.22 (Port Said - Hampton Rds)
Philippeville, Dec 2, 1943 KMS.33 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Augusta, Dec 5, 1943
Augusta, Dec 6, 1943 AH.11 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Dec 8, 1943
Bari, Dec 11, 1943 not reported Taranto, Dec 13, 1943
Taranto, Dec 19, 1943 HA.13 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Dec 21, 1943
Augusta, Dec 21, 1943 GUS.25 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Bizerta, Dec 24, 1943
GUS.22 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Philippeville, Dec 25, 1943
Bizerta, Jan 7, 1944 MKS.36 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Oran, Jan 10, 1944
Oran, Jan 20, 1944 MKS.37 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jan 22, 1944
Gibraltar, Jan 22, 1944 MKS.37G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 146)
SL.146MK (r/v SL 146/MKS 37 - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Feb 2, 1944
WN.540 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Feb 6, 1944
Methil, Feb 6, 1944 FS.1354 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 8, 1944
Southend, Mar 26, 1944 FN.1308 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Mar 27, 1944
FN.1310 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 30, 1944
Methil, Mar 31, 1944 EN.365 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Apr 3, 1944
Oban, Apr 4, 1944 OS.73KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.47G (ex OS 73/KMS 47 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Apr 17, 1944
Gibraltar, Apr 17, 1944 KMS.47 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Bone, Apr 20, 1944
Bone, Apr 26, 1944 not reported Malta, Apr 28, 1944
Malta, May 6, 1944 not reported Tripoli, May 8, 1944
not reported Augusta, May 12, 1944
Augusta, May 17, 1944 VN.40 (Augusta - Naples) Naples, May 18, 1944
Naples, May 22, 1944 NV.40 (Naples - Augusta) Augusta, May 23, 1944
Augusta, May 24, 1944 MKS.50 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Algiers, May 28, 1944
Algiers, Jun 17, 1944 MKS.52 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Oran, Jun 18, 1944
Oran, Jun 28, 1944 UGS.45 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Augusta, Jul 3, 1944
Augusta, Jul 6, 1944 VN.51 (Augusta - Naples) Naples, Jul 7, 1944
Naples, Jul 16, 1944 NV.52 (Naples - Augusta) Augusta, Jul 18, 1944
Augusta, Jul 18, 1944 GUS.46 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Algiers, Jul 22, 1944
Algiers, Aug 27, 1944 Independent Algiers, Sep 5, 1944
Algiers, Sep 7, 1944 not reported Casablanca, Sep 11, 1944
Casablanca, Sep 17, 1944 SL.170 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 61)
SL.170MK (r/v SL 170/MKS 61 - Liverpool) Falmouth, Sep 24, 1944
Falmouth, Sep 25, 1944 EBC.114 (Barry - Seine Bay) St Helens Roads, Sep 26, 1944
St Helens Roads, Sep 26, 1944 FTM.7A (Seine Bay - Southend) Southend, Sep 27, 1944
Southend, Oct 15, 1944 FN.1511 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Oct 16, 1944
not reported Sunderland, Nov 15, 1944
Tyne, Nov 15, 1944 not reported
Sunderland, Nov 29, 1944 FS.1651 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 1, 1944
Southend, Dec 2, 1944 TAM.6 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Dec 3, 1944
Antwerp, Dec 9, 1944 ATM.9 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Dec 11, 1944
Southend, Dec 30, 1944 TAM.34 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Dec 31, 1944
Antwerp, Jan 17, 1945 ATM.40 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Jan 18, 1945
Southend, Feb 12, 1945 TAM.78 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Feb 14, 1945
Southend, Feb 21, 1945 TAM.87 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Feb 22, 1945
Antwerp, Feb 23, 1945 ATM.73 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Feb 24, 1945
Southend, Feb 25, 1945 FN.1644 (Southend - Methil) Hull, Feb 27, 1945
FS.1755 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 15, 1945
Antwerp, Mar 28, 1945 ATM.107 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Mar 29, 1945
TAM.137 (Southend - Antwerp) Ghent, Apr 13, 1945
Southend, Apr 13, 1945 TAM.137 (Southend - Antwerp)
Terneuzen, Apr 25, 1945 ATM.135 (Antwerp - Southend) Downs, Apr 26, 1945
Downs, Apr 26, 1945 TBC.140 (Southend - M Haven) Barry, Apr 29, 1945
Barry, May 3, 1945 Independent Milford Haven, May 4, 1945
Milford Haven, May 8, 1945 ON.301 (Southend - NYC) Baltimore, May 24, 1945
Baltimore, Jun 6, 1945 Independent Port Said, Jun 29, 1945
Suez, Jul 29, 1945 Independent Calcutta, Aug 17, 1945
Calcutta, Sep 5, 1945 Independent Durban, Sep 25, 1945
Durban, Sep 30, 1945 Independent Buenos Aires, Oct 19, 1945
Buenos Aires, Nov 4, 1945 Independent Rosario, Nov 5, 1945
Rosario, Nov 8, 1945 Independent Buenos Aires, Nov 10, 1945
Buenos Aires, Nov 17, 1945 Independent London, Dec 16, 1945

Convoy ON 166

Stan Mayes reports that Cape Howe took part in this convoy which sailed from Liverpool at 13:30 on 11 February 1943 and arrived at New York on March 3 1943. Arnold Hague's database (part of Convoyweb quoted above) does not include her in the list. Warsailors Website External Ref. #6, says:

The A 1 form appears to show only the ships that made it to New York; stragglers and ships sunk are not included in the document.

Stan's experience in a number of convoys whilst serving in Cape Howe can be found on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.

Cape Howe
This is a log document provided to Stan Mayes by Arthur Austin of York. Stan told me "Arthur was a Radio Officer in City of Canberra the Commodore ship of ON 166. He researched the convoy and when he sent me the form he described it as a movement card used at convoy headquarters in Liverpool. Its purpose is not entirely clear but it dates from 1942/3." [1]

Service post WW2

No detailed information is currently available about Cape Howe’s service after the war apart from the information recorded in Career Highlights above.

Cape Howe
Cape Howe after the war - by then she had been fitted with a new funnel. [1]

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Stan Mayes (digitally enhanced by Brian Watson)