Dolabella

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Introduction

Dolabella was launched in 1939 and immediately put into service on WW2 convoys. Her war service was exceptional and she remained with the same company throughout her service life of 19 years until broken up in 1958.

Dolabella
Dolabella - Location and date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Registered owners, managers and operators Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London
Builders Hawthorne Leslie
Yard Hebburn
Country UK
Yard number 622
Registry London
Official number 167358
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GBZZ
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 8,142
Net tonnage 4,800
Deadweight N/K
Length 465.3 ft
Overall Length 483.8 ft
Breadth 59.3 ft
Depth 33.8 ft
Draught N/K
Engines 8 cylinder 4-stroke cycle single-acting (4S.C.SA) oil engine - with 25 9/16” bore and 55.½” stroke
Engine builders Hawthorne Leslie and Co
Works Hebburn, Newcastle
Country UK
Boilers N/A
Power 502 NHP
Propulsion Single Screw
Speed 12 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew Approximately 80 when Stan Mayes was aboard (see crew list below)

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Dolabella for 1941-2 has the following additional information about her:

  • Machinery aft
  • 1 deck - second deck clear of cargo tanks
  • Cruiser stern
  • Longitudinal framing at bottom & at deck
  • Fitted with echo-sounding and radio direction finding equipment
  • Carrying petroleum in bulk

Career Highlights

Date Event
DateEvent
15 August 1939 Launched
November 1939 Completed
June 1958 Broken up at Hong Kong

Service in WW2

Convoys

Dolabella took part in 85 convoys and undertook 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
Tyne, Nov 9, 1939 FS.34 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 11, 1939
Southend, Nov 12, 1939 OA.34 (Southend - Dispersed)
Independent Galveston, Dec 4, 1939
Galveston, Dec 7, 1939 Independent Port Arthur, Dec 8, 1939
Port Arthur, Dec 13, 1939 Independent Halifax, Dec 23, 1939
Halifax, Dec 27, 1939 HXF.14 (Halifax - Liverpool) Southend, Jan 8, 1940
Southend, Jan 19, 1940 OA.75G (Southend - to OG 15)
Independent Port Arthur, Feb 12, 1940
Galveston, Feb 17, 1940 Independent New Orleans, Feb 19, 1940
New Orleans, Feb 21, 1940 Independent Halifax, Feb 28, 1940
Halifax, Mar 2, 1940 HX.24 (Halifax - Liverpool) Southend, Mar 17, 1940
Southend, Mar 26, 1940 OA.117 (Southend - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Apr 11, 1940
New York, Apr 17, 1940 Independent Halifax, Apr 21, 1940
Halifax, Apr 22, 1940 HX.37 (Halifax - Liverpool) Clyde, May 7, 1940
Clyde, May 9, 1940 Independent Liverpool, May 10, 1940
Liverpool, May 28, 1940 OB.157 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Halifax, Jun 10, 1940
Halifax, Jun 10, 1940 Independent Philadelphia, Jun 13, 1940