Manistee was a cargo ship designed principally for carrying fruit and was completed in 1932. She saw service during WW2 and, after two changes of name and a service life of 28 years, was broken up at Newport in 1960.
|Type||Cargo Ship (Ref)|
|Registered owners, managers and operators||Morant SS Co. Ltd.
Managers: Elders & Fyffe Ltd.
|Call sign||GRXC (as Erin)|
|Engines||Four cylinder steam engine with cylinders of bore 28½, 47½" and two of 57" with stroke 51" plus electric drive from low pressure turbine|
|Engine builders||Workman Clark (1928) Ltd.|
|Boilers||Five single boilers operating at 260 psi.|
The Lloyds Register entry for Erin for 1945-46 has the following additional information about her:
- Cruiser stern
- 2 decks (Stl-weather dk-teak) 3rd and 4th decks (Stl) in holds
- 3 lower decks for fruit cargoes
- Fitted for oil fuel
- She was fitted with radio direction-finding equipment and echo-sounding equipment
|5 April 1932||Launched as Erin|
|1941||Name changed to HMS Maplin and owner changed to Royal Navy|
|1946||Name changed to back to Erin but changed to Manistee when transferred to Elders & Fyffe Ltd.|
|25 May 1960||Taken to be broken up at Newport|
Manistee took part in a number of convoys during the war years in her former names of Erin and Maplin according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External Ref. #4.
|Kingston Jamaica, September 1939||KJF.2||UK Ports||Erin|
|Liverpool, November 1940||OG.46||Gibraltar||Erin|
|Liverpool, June 1941||OB.332||Halifax||Maplin|
|Halifax, June 1941||HX.131||Liverpool||Maplin|
|Liverpool, June 1941||OB.334||Halifax||Maplin|
|Halifax, June 1941||HX.133||Liverpool||Maplin|
|Liverpool, June 1941||OB.338||Dispersed||Maplin|
|Liverpool, July 1941||OB.346||Freetown||Maplin|
|Milford Haven, July 1941||OG.70||Gibralter||Maplin|
|Gibraltar, July 1941||HG.67||Liverpool||Maplin|
|Freetown, July 1941||SL/MKS.81||Liverpool||Maplin|
|Liverpool, August 1941||OG.72||Gibraltar||Maplin|
|Gibraltar, September 1941||HG.72||Liverpool||Maplin|
|Milford Haven, February 1942||OG.80||Gibralter||Maplin|
|Gibraltar, March 1942||HG.80||Liverpool||Maplin|
When acquired by the Admiralty, as HMS Maplin, she served initially as an Ocean Boarding vessel. In 1941 she was fitted out as a Fighter Catapult Ship.
I have been able to find little about the service of Manistee after WW2 apart from an account of a voyage by Stan Mayes in 1948 that is described with further photos on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.
Manistee was taken to Newport to be broken up in 1960
- By courtesy of Stan Mayes
- From The Allen Collection.