Donaghadee was a cargo ship completed in 1937 and broken up in 1964, giving her a service life of 27 years. She was part of the Kelly Line fleet - the company specialised in transportation of coal and later oil.
|Registered owners,managers and operators||John Kelly Ltd|
|Engines||Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 13 1/2", 23", 38" and stroke 27".|
|Engine builders||Aitchison Blair Ltd.|
|Power: N/K||86 RHP|
|Boiler||1 single-ended boiler with pressure 180 psi.|
The Lloyds Register entry for Donaghadee for 1945-6 has the following additional information about her:
- Machinery aft
- 1 deck
- Cruiser stern
|5 August 1937||Launched|
|9 September 1937||Completed|
|1952||Renamed to Ballygarvey|
|September 1964||Broken up at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht|
Donaghadee was part of the fleet of colliers built up by John Kelly Ltd. and the last coal-fired vessel they purchased; all later Kelly ships were powered by oil engines.
Donaghadee took part in just one convoy according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External. Ref. #4.
|Belfast Lough, May 18, 1941||BB.22 (Belfast Lough - M Haven)||Milford Haven, May 20, 1941|
Donaghadee also continued to transport coal throughout the war years.
Please see the Benjidog Recollections website page for Alick Sangster HERE for information about the remarkably limited armaments on Donaghadee. Alick served on Donaghadee as a DEMS gunner.
According to the Donaghadee Historical Society - External Ref. #41 - Donaghadee continued her work as a collier after the war but was renamed to Ballygarvey in 1948 by the new owners (unfortunately the site does not state who the new owners were). The name change was to standardise all the Kelly ships to start with the same prefix of Bally. It is presumed that Ballygarvey continued with the transporation of coal until she was broken up in 1964.
- From The Allen Collection