Port Dunedin

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Introduction

Port Dunedin was a cargo ship completed in 1925 and broken up in 1962, giving her a service life of 37 years.

Port Dunedin
Port Dunedin - the date and location is not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship(refrigerated)
Registered owners, managers and operators Port Line
Builders Workman Clark
Yard Belfast
Country UK
Yard Number 477
Registry N/K
Official Number 148599
Signal Letters N/K
Call Sign GLCJ
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,441
Net Tonnage 4,535
Deadweight N/K
Length 466.9 Ft
Overall Length 484.4 Ft
Breadth 59.8 Ft
Depth 31.3 Ft
Draught N/K
Engines 4-stroke cycle single acting 8 cylinder oil engine (4S.C.SA) with cylinder bore 21 1/4" and stroke 85 1/16".
Engine Builders W Doxford & Sons
Works Sunderland
Country UK
Power N/K
Propulsion Twin screw
Speed 14 knots
Cargo Capacity N/K
Passenger Capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Port Dunedin for 1945-46 has the following additional information about her:

  • 2 decks (steel) with shelter deck (steel)
  • Cruiser stern
  • Tonnage opening closed 1941
  • Duct keel forward of machinery space
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment and gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 March 1925 Launched for Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd
May 1925 Completed
25 September 1962 Broken up at Genoa

Service Pre WW2

Port Dunedin was one Port Line's first motor ships - the other was Port Hobart. They were very successful and all subsequent Port Line ships had oil engines. Early cargoes were apples from Australia and New Zealand to England and she appears to have spent her working life on this route.

In December 1937 we know that Port Dunedin was involved in a collision with the Blue Star Line ship Australia Star.

Port Dunedin
This is a cutting from the Melbourne Argos of 11 December 1937. [2]

I have not found any any further information about the service of Port Dunedin before WW2.

Service in WW2

Convoys

Port Dunedin took part in 46 convoys according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External. Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Liverpool, Oct 17, 1939 OB.21 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Halifax, Mar 13, 1940 HX.27 (Halifax - Liverpool) Milford Haven, Mar 28, 1940
Milford Haven, Apr 15, 1940 OB.129 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Freetown, Aug 11, 1940 SL.43 (Freetown - Liverpool) Methil Roads, Aug 31, 1940
Methil, Sep 1, 1940 FS.269 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 3, 1940
Southend, Sep 18, 1940 FN.284 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 20, 1940
Methil, Oct 6, 1940 OA.225 (Methil - Dispersed)
Bermuda, Feb 11, 1941 BHX.109 (Bermuda - Jd HX 109)
HX.109 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 4, 1941
Halifax, Aug 5, 1941 HX.143 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Aug 20, 1941
Clyde, Sep 11, 1941 ON.15 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Halifax, Jan 26, 1942 HX.172 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Feb 7, 1942
Liverpool, Feb 26, 1942 ON.71 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Freetown, Apr 26, 1942 SL.108 (Freetown - Liverpool)
Belfast Lough, May 17, 1942 BB.175 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Avonmouth, May 18, 1942
SL.108 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, May 19, 1942
Liverpool, Jun 19, 1942 ON.105 (Liverpool - Halifax) Boston, Jul 3, 1942
Hampton Roads, Jul 11, 1942 KS.519 (Hampton Roads - Key West) Key West, Jul 16, 1942
Key West, Jul 19, 1942 WAT.7 (Key West - Trinidad)
Guantanamo, Jul 24, 1942 GP.2 (Guantanamo - Cristobal) Cristobal, Jul 28, 1942
Guantanamo, Jul 30, 1942 GP.3 (Guantanamo - Cristobal) Cristobal, Aug 3, 1942
Cristobal, Oct 25, 1942 ZG.9 (Cristobal - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Oct 29, 1942
Guantanamo, Oct 31, 1942 GN.16 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York, Nov 9, 1942
New York, Nov 11, 1942 HX.215 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 25, 1942
Liverpool, Dec 19, 1942 ON.155 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Jan 6, 1943
New York, Jan 7, 1943 NG.335 (NYC - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Jan 14, 1943
Key West, May 29, 1943 KN.243 (Key West - NYC) New York, Jun 3, 1943
New York, Jun 7, 1943 HX.243 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 21, 1943
Liverpool, Jul 16, 1943 ON.193 (Liverpool - NYC)
Halifax, Jul 30, 1943 HF.68 (Halifax - St John Nb)
ON.193 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Jul 31, 1943
HF.68 (Halifax - St John Nb) St John Nb, Aug 1, 1943
New York, Aug 19, 1943 NK.560 (NYC - Key West)
Cristobal, Nov 30, 1943 ZG.51 (Cristobal - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Dec 4, 1943
Guantanamo, Dec 5, 1943 GN.100 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York, Dec 12, 1943
New York, Dec 15, 1943 HX.271 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Dec 29, 1943
Liverpool, Jan 24, 1944 OS.66KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
Freetown, Apr 1, 1944 SL.154 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 45)
SL.154MK (r/v SL 154/MKS 45 - Liverpool) Clyde, Apr 23, 1944
Clyde, Jun 10, 1944 ON.240 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Jun 28, 1944
New York, Jul 15, 1944 NG.447 (NYC - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Jul 22, 1944
Guantanamo, Jul 23, 1944 GZ.80 (Guantanamo - Cristobal) Cristobal, Jul 27, 1944
New York, Oct 30, 1944 HX.317 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 13, 1944
Liverpool, Nov 29, 1944 ON.269 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Dec 15, 1944
New York, Apr 13, 1945 HX.350 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Apr 28, 1945
Southend, May 21, 1945 ON.304 (Southend - NYC) New York, Jun 5, 1945

Defensive Armaments

Please see the Benjidog Recollections website page for Alick Sangster HERE for information about the armaments on Port Dunedin. Alick served on Port Dunedin as a DEMS gunner.

Service post WW2

Port Dunedin appears to have escaped the war unscathed but I have been unable to discover any specific information about her service in this period but she remained as part of the Port Line fleet until being broken up in 1962.

Image Credits

  1. From The Allen Collection
  2. By courtesy of The Melbourne Argos