Daleby was a cargo ship built for Ropner Shipping Company which also had accommodation for a small number of passengers. She had a service life of 22 years and was broken up in 1972.
|Registered owners, managers and operators||Owners: Ropner Shipping Co. Ltd.|
|Builders||Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd|
|Yard||Deptford Yard, Sunderland|
|Classification society||Lloyd's Register|
|Overall Length||135.7 Metres|
|22 November 1949||Launched as Daleby|
|1961||Sold to Jugoslavenska Oceanska Plovidba and renamed Kupres|
|25 May 1972||Taken to be broken up at Split|
Daleby was built for Ropners Shipping Company as one of the ships replacing the many lost during WW2. By the end of the 1950s the company was engaged in what would nowadays be called down-sizing and all of its steamships were sold by 1960. She could carry a number of passengers in addition to cargo. Accounts of some of her voyages in 1953-4 by Bill Ross who was undergoing an apprenticeship with the company - Can be found on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.
In 1960 she was sold to Yugoslavian company Jugoslavenska Oceanska Plovidba of Kotor - now in Montenegro - and renamed Kupres after a town in what is now Bosnia/Herzegovina.
I have been unable to find specific information about how the ship was employed but I believe the Yugoslavian company was involved in tramping.
She was broken up in 1972 at Split in Croatia.
- By courtesy of The Allen Collection (another Benjidog website)
- By courtesy of Bill Ross