Pacific Shipper

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Introduction

Pacific Shipper was an oil-engined cargo ship completed in 1924 and remained with Furness Withy throughout her service life. During the war years she took part in a long series of voyages - both independent and in convoys - supporting the war effort. Mostly she was crossing the Atlantic during this period. Her service life extended to 1950 when she was finally broken up at Briton Ferry near Port Talbot in South Wales.

Pacific Shipper
Pacific Shipper. The date and location are not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd.
Builders W. Doxford & Sons. Ltd.
Yard Sunderland
Country UK
Yard number 577
Registry London
Official number 147593
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GKBV
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 6,290
Net tonnage 3,862
Length 420 ft
Overall Length 436 ft
Breadth 58 ft
Depth 28.1 ft
Draught N/K
Engines 4 cylinder 2-stroke cycle single-acting (2S.C.SA) oil engine - with 22 13/16" bore and 91 ½" stroke
Engine builders W. Doxford & Sons. Ltd.
Works Sunderland
Country UK
Boilers
Power 640 MN
Propulsion Single Screw
Speed 11.5 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Pacific Shipper for 1944-45 has the following additional information about her:

  • 1 deck and shelter deck (steel)
  • 3rd deck (steel) in Nos 1 & 2 holds
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo-sounding equipment
Pacific Shipper
Pacific Shipper from a company postcard. [2]

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 December 1923 Launched
March 1924 Completed
20 July 1950 Taken for breaking up by T.W.Ward of Briton Ferry

Service Pre WW2

I have been unable to locate any specific information about the service history of Pacific Shipper before WW2.

Service in WW2

Pacific Shipper took part in a large number of convoys and independent voyages according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Cristobal, Nov 11, 1939 Independent Halifax, Nov 24, 1939
Halifax, Nov 26, 1939 HX.10 (Halifax - Liverpool) Falmouth, Dec 10, 1939
Independent Falmouth, Jan 13, 1940
Plymouth, Jan 13, 1940 Independent
Falmouth, Mar 23, 1940 OA.114 (Southend - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Apr 7, 1940
New York, Apr 17, 1940 Independent Halifax, Apr 20, 1940
Halifax, Apr 22, 1940 HX.37 (Halifax - Liverpool) Southend, May 7, 1940
Southend, May 22, 1940 OA.153GF (Southend - to OG 31F)
Independent New York, Jun 8, 1940
New York, Jun 21, 1940 Independent Halifax, Jun 24, 1940
Halifax, Jun 25, 1940 HX.53 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jul 10, 1940
Liverpool, Jul 20, 1940 OB.186 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Aug 4, 1940
New York, Aug 15, 1940 Independent Halifax, Aug 18, 1940
Halifax, Aug 20, 1940 HX.67 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Sep 4, 1940
Liverpool, Oct 17, 1940 OB.230 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Nov 2, 1940
New York, Nov 12, 1940 Independent Halifax, Nov 15, 1940
Halifax, Nov 17, 1940 HX.89 (Halifax - Liverpool) Clyde, Dec 1, 1940
Clyde, Dec 15, 1940 Independent Liverpool, Dec 17, 1940
Liverpool, Feb 1, 1941 OB.281 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Halifax, Feb 16, 1941
Halifax, Feb 18, 1941 Independent Philadelphia, Feb 23, 1941
Philadelphia, Feb 25, 1941 Independent New York, Mar 2, 1941
New York, Mar 17, 1941 Independent Halifax, Mar 20, 1941
Halifax, Mar 21, 1941 HX.116 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Apr 9, 1941
Liverpool, Apr 28, 1941 OB.316 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Halifax, May 12, 1941
Halifax, May 15, 1941 Independent Boston, May 16, 1941
Boston, May 20, 1941 Independent New York, May 21, 1941
New York, Jun 14, 1941 Independent Halifax, Jun 18, 1941
Halifax, Jun 20, 1941 HX.134 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jul 9, 1941
Liverpool, Jul 27, 1941 ON.2 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Halifax, Aug 10, 1941
Halifax, Aug 13, 1941 Independent New York, Aug 16, 1941
New York, Oct 24, 1941 Independent Halifax, Oct 26, 1941
Halifax, Oct 28, 1941 HX.157 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 13, 1941
Liverpool, Dec 1, 1941 ON.42 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Halifax, Dec 18, 1941
Halifax, Dec 20, 1941 Independent New York, Dec 22, 1941
New York, Jan 11, 1942 Independent Boston, Jan 13, 1942
Boston, Jan 14, 1942 Independent Halifax, Jan 16, 1942
Halifax, Jan 20, 1942 HX.171 (Halifax - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Feb 1, 1942
Belfast Lough, Feb 2, 1942 BB.132 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Cardiff, Feb 3, 1942
Cardiff, Feb 18, 1942 Independent Milford Haven, Feb 19, 1942
Milford Haven, Feb 19, 1942 ON.69 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Mar 8, 1942
New York, Mar 24, 1942 Independent Halifax, Mar 27, 1942
Halifax, Apr 2, 1942 HX.183 (Halifax - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Apr 14, 1942
Belfast Lough, Apr 15, 1942 BB.162 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Cardiff, Apr 16, 1942
Cardiff, Apr 28, 1942 Independent Milford Haven, Apr 29, 1942
Milford Haven, Apr 30, 1942 ON.91 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, May 16, 1942
New York, Jun 6, 1942 Independent
Cape Cod Canal, Jun 8, 1942 BX.23B (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Jun 11, 1942
Halifax, Jun 14, 1942 HX.194 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 26, 1942
Liverpool, Jul 10, 1942 ON.111 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Jul 25, 1942
New York, Aug 10, 1942 Independent
Cape Cod Bay, Aug 13, 1942 BX.33 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Aug 16, 1942
Halifax, Aug 16, 1942 HX.203 (Halifax - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Aug 28, 1942
Belfast Lough, Aug 28, 1942 BB.214 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Cardiff, Aug 29, 1942
Cardiff, Sep 15, 1942 Independent Milford Haven, Sep 16, 1942
Milford Haven, Sep 17, 1942 ON.131 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Oct 4, 1942
New York, Oct 18, 1942 HX.212 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 2, 1942
Liverpool, Dec 3, 1942 Independent Clyde, Dec 4, 1942
Clyde, Dec 11, 1942 KMS.5G (Clyde - Bone) Algiers, Dec 26, 1942
Algiers, Jan 13, 1943 ET.9 (Bone - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jan 16, 1943
Gibraltar, Jan 17, 1943 MKS.5X (Bougie - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 25, 1943
Liverpool, Feb 1, 1943 ON.164 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Feb 19, 1943
New York, Mar 18, 1943 HX.230 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Apr 2, 1943
Liverpool, Apr 30, 1943 ON.181 (Liverpool - NYC) Halifax, May 15, 1943
Halifax, May 19, 1943 HF.55 (Halifax - St John Nb) St John Nb, May 21, 1943
St John Nb, Jun 8, 1943 FH.59 (St John Nb - Halifax) Halifax, Jun 10, 1943
Halifax, Jun 16, 1943 SC.134 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jul 1, 1943
Liverpool, Jul 16, 1943 ON.193 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Jul 30, 1943
New York, Aug 14, 1943 HX.252 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Aug 28, 1943
Liverpool, Sep 9, 1943 ON.201 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Sep 24, 1943
New York, Sep 24, 1943 Independent St John Nb, Sep 26, 1943
St John Nb, Oct 16, 1943 FH.81 (St John Nb - Halifax) Halifax, Oct 17, 1943
Halifax, Oct 20, 1943 HX.262 (NYC - Liverpool) St Johns NF, Oct 26, 1943
St Johns NF, Oct 27, 1943 SC.145 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 7, 1943
Liverpool, Dec 16, 1943 Independent Clyde, Dec 17, 1943
Clyde, Dec 25, 1943 OS.63KM (Liverpool - Split)
KMS.37G (ex OS 63/KMS 37 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jan 9, 1944
Gibraltar, Jan 26, 1944 GUS.28 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) New York, Feb 15, 1944
New York, Feb 29, 1944 Independent
Boston, Mar 3, 1944 BX.98 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Mar 5, 1944
Halifax, Mar 14, 1944 SC.155 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 29, 1944
Liverpool, Apr 26, 1944 ON.234 (Liverpool - NYC) Halifax, May 9, 1944
Halifax, May 10, 1944 not reported Three Rivers, May 14, 1944
Montreal, Jun 3, 1944 Independent Sydney CB, Jun 6, 1944
Sydney CB, Jun 6, 1944 HX.294 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 19, 1944
Liverpool, Jul 12, 1944 Independent Belfast Lough, Jul 13, 1944
Belfast Lough, Jul 18, 1944 ON.245 (Liverpool - NYC)
Independent Montreal, Aug 1, 1944
Montreal, Aug 16, 1944 Independent Sydney CB, Aug 18, 1944
Sydney CB, Aug 20, 1944 HX.304 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Sep 1, 1944
Liverpool, Sep 16, 1944 ON.254 (Liverpool - NYC) Halifax, Oct 2, 1944
Halifax, Oct 18, 1944 SC.159 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 2, 1944
Liverpool, Nov 22, 1944 Independent Belfast Lough, Nov 23, 1944
Belfast Lough, Nov 29, 1944 ONS.37 (Liverpool - Halifax)
XB.138 (Halifax - Boston) Cape Cod Canal, Dec 22, 1944
Cape Cod Canal, Dec 22, 1944 Independent New York, Dec 24, 1944
New York, Jan 9, 1945 Independent
Boston, Jan 12, 1945 BX.141 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Jan 14, 1945
Halifax, Jan 16, 1945 SC.165 (Halifax - Liverpool) Clyde, Jan 31, 1945
Clyde, Feb 7, 1945 Independent Liverpool, Feb 9, 1945
Liverpool, Feb 27, 1945 ONS.43 (Liverpool - Halifax)
XB.151 (Halifax - Boston) Cape Cod Canal, Mar 15, 1945
Cape Cod Canal, Mar 17, 1945 Independent New York, Mar 18, 1945
New York, May 15, 1945 Independent
Boston, May 17, 1945 BX.163 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, May 19, 1945
Halifax, May 26, 1945 SC.177 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 8, 1945

Service post WW2

I have been unable to discover any specific information about the service of this Pacific Shipper after WW2.

Pacific Shipper was taken to be broken up at Briton Ferry in 1950.

Image Credits

  1. Photo by courtesy of The Allen Collection
  2. Furness Withy Postcard