Swiftpool was a cargo ship built for the Pool Shipping Co. Ltd. which was owned by Ropner Holdings Ltd. I have not discovered a house flag for Pool Shipping and assume that she flew the Ropner flag. The company had owned a previous ship of the same name that was completed in 1929 and torpedoed in 1941. After disposal by Ropners, she continued in use with two other companies and had a respectably long service life of 25 years.

Swiftpool - Location and date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Owners: Pool Shipping Co. Ltd.
Builders Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Yard Dundee
Country UK
Yard number 494
Registry London
Official number 180098
Signal letters N/K
Call sign MSDN
Classification society Lloyd's Registry
Gross tonnage 6,611
DWT 9,870
Net tonnage N/K
Length 450 Ft.
Overall Length 485.2 Ft.
Breadth 63.6 Ft.
Depth 40.8 Ft.
Draught 27.3 Ft.
Engines 6 cylinder 2 SCSA diesel engine
Engine builders Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd.
Works Linthouse, Glasgow
Country UK
Power 7,500 bhp
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 16 knots
Cargo capacity 560,000 Cubic Feet
Crew N/K
Passengers 12
Swiftpool as Chakla - Location and date not known. [1]

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 January 1954 Launched as Swiftpool for Pool Shipping Co. Ltd.
May 1954 Completed
16 January 1964 Sold to British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and renamed Chakla
1 October 1971 Management and operation transferred to P&O General Cargo Division.
1 December 1972 Sold to Guan Guan Shipping Pte. Ltd. and renamed Golden Bear
11 July 1979 Taken to be broken up at Kaohsiung (Kuo Dar Steel & Iron Enterprise Co Ltd)
Swiftpool - Location and date not known. [2]

Service History

Swiftpool was built as part of Ropner's rebuilding exercise following the war; the company had lost 33 ships to enemy action. Although the company started to diversify, they would never reach previous levels of success and indeed soon started running down the fleet - Swiftpool being sold in 1964 to British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. who renamed her Chakla. British India was in reality part of the P & O Group and in 1971, British India ships were transferred to other P & O groups and the company lost its separate identity. Shortly after this, the vessel was sold to Guan Guan Shipping who renamed her Golden Bear. She continued with them until broken up at Kaohsiung in 1979.

I have not discovered any specific information about routes and cargoes of this vessel to date.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of The Allen Collection (another Benjidog website)
  2. By courtesy of Bill Ross