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Avenue Line

History

In 1954 the New Zealand Shipping Co (NZS) set up a new company to run its non-refrigerated ships and called it the Avenue Shipping Company.

Avenue Shipping Company took over the ships Kaimata, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kaituna, Kaipaki and Enton from NZS and later purchased newer ships using a naming standard based on the names of Irish counties.

The new ships were an economic success, and Donegal inaugurated a route from Australia to New Guinea. In the 1960s Avenue chartered its ships - at first other P & O Group companies and later to other companies. The Limerick was transferred to the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd. in 1969, and in 1971 the other new ships became part of the P & O General Cargo Division and took over its livery.

In 1976 Avenue was renamed P & O Overseas Holdings Ltd. We are not sure if it still exists as an entity following further takeovers, but it was still in existence in 2002 as the company’s name appears in a recorded court case.

Ships

Antrim (1931)

Antrim_(1931)

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Wm.Denny & Bros. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Denny & Bros.
Shipyard Dumbarton
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1,250
Official Number 161958
Call Sign GRJL
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,269
Deadweight (DWT) 9131
Net Tonnage 8,177
Length 415.5 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.2 Ft.
Depth 25.8 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.SA oil engines with 8 cylinders of bore 26 3/4" and stroke 47 1/4"
Engine Builder William Denny & Bros.
Engine Builder Works Dumbarton
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 125 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 996 MN
Maximum Speed 12.5

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 July 1931 Launched
31 October 1931 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Built as Ardenvohr, ownership changed to New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. 1936, name changed to Kaimata 1937, ownership changed to Avenue Shipping Co. Ltd. and name to Antrim 1954, ownership changed to Hong Kong Fir Shipping Co. Ltd. and name to Hongkong Fir 1957, ownership changed to Cia de Nav Abeto SA 1958, ownership changed to Indonesian Army and name to Adri X 1962, ownership changed to PT Affan Raya Line and name to Affan-El-Bahar 1963, ownership changed to PT Maskapai Pelajaran Nusantara Sang Saka and name to Sang Pratiwi 1965, name changed to Pala 1967. Taken for breaking up at Hung Shing Wire Works Co, Hong Kong 10 May 1969.

Antrim (1962)

Antrim_(1962)

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Avenue Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Alexander Stephen & Sons
Shipyard Arbroath
Country where built UK
Yard Number 673
Official Number 302971
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,461
Deadweight (DWT) 10432
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 131.7 Metres
Overall Length 140.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 14

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 January 1962 Launched
27 April 1962 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Wrecked
Service History Information Ownership changed to Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Co. 1962, name changed to Strathinch 1975, ownership changed to Highwater Navigation Co. Ltd. and name to Islami Taaj 1977, ownership changed to Cia Naviera Keelung SA and name to Singapore 2 in 1980. She was wrecked on 16 July 1982 at position 34° 04' 20'' N 125° 05' 20'' E whilst en route from Saigon to Inchon with a cargo of tapioca. She was later broken up at Inchon 5 August 1982.

Armagh

Armagh

Basic Data

Item Value
Type
Original Owners and Managers New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Eriksbergs MV Aktieb
Shipyard Gothenburg
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 285
Official Number 165885
Call Sign GQGG
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,914
Deadweight (DWT) 8926
Net Tonnage 2,852
Length 413,6 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.6 Ft.
Depth 25.3 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.DA oil engines. 7 cylinder with bore 17 11/16" and stroke 47 1/4"
Engine Builder Eriksbergs MV Aktieb
Engine Builder Works Gothenburg
Engine Builder Country Sweden
Boiler Details Double ended boiler operating at 100 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 751 MN
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 October 1938 Launched
20 December 1938 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed as Kaituna for New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. Change of ownership to Trinder Anderson and name to Armagh 1954, change of ownership to Jebshun Shipping Co. and name to Shun Wah 1961d. Taken for breaking up at Nagasake 28 February 1967.

Donegal

Donegal

Basic Data

Item Value
Type
Original Owners and Managers Avenue Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Alexander Stephen & Sons
Shipyard Linthouse, Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 656
Official Number 187545
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,327
Deadweight (DWT) 10371
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 131.7 Metres
Overall Length 140.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 14

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 December 1956 Launched
14 March 1957 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of ownership to Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Col 1972, change of name to Strathirvine 1975, change of ownership to Triton Navigation Corp. and name to Athina 1977. Taken for breaking up at Nan Eng Steel Enterprise Col at Kaohsiung 25 May 1980.

Galway

Galway

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Avenue Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Smith's Dock Co.
Shipyard South Bank, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1,253
Official Number 300830
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,409
Deadweight (DWT) 9811
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 134.4 Metres
Overall Length 142.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 14.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
17 September 1958 Launched
5 February 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Wrecked
Service History Information Change of ownership to Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Col 1972, change of name to Strathinver 1975, change of ownership to Guan Guan Shipping Pte. Ltd. and name to Golden Fortune 1976. She ran aground in a typhoon and was wrecked at Kau Yi Chau, Hong Kong 9 September 1983 and broken up in situ.

Limerick

Limerick

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Birt, Potter & Hughes Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Linthouse, Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 633
Official Number 184627
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,443
Deadweight (DWT) 9890
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 121.9 Metres
Overall Length 140.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 14

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 January 1952 Launched
May 1952 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Built for Birt, Potter & Hughes Ltd. as Enton. Change of ownership to Avenue Shipping Co. Ltd. and name to Limerick 1955, change of ownership to British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. and name to Howra 1969, change of ownership to Guan Guan Shipping Pte. Ltd. and name to Golden Haven 1972. Taken for breaking up at Amica Construction Works, Karachi 19 October 1982.

Tyrone

Tyrone

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Linthouse, Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 556
Official Number 165874
Call Sign GZPZ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,852
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,432
Length 446.3 Ft.
Overall Length 460 Ft.
Breadth or Beam 59 Ft.
Depth 25.8 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.SA 4 cylinder engines with bore 26 3/8" and stroke 91 3/16"
Engine Builder John Brown & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Clydebank, Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 861 MN
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 September 1937 Launched
17 November 1937 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Built for New Zealand Shipping Co. as Kaikoura. Change of ownership to Trinder Anderson and name to Tyrone 1954. Taken for breaking up at Hong Kong 15 September 1963.

Westmeath

Westmeath

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Linthouse, Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 567
Official Number 165888
Call Sign GQGJ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,882
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,454
Length 443.9 Ft.
Overall Length 458.5 Ft.
Breadth or Beam 59 Ft.
Depth 25.8 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.SA 4 cylinder engines of bore 26 3/8" and stroke 91 3/16"
Engine Builder Barclay, Curle & Co.
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 861 MN
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 February 1939 Launched
20 April 1939 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Built for New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. as Kaipaki. Change of ownership to Avenue Shipping Col Ltd. and name to Westmeath 1955. Taken to Antwerp 8 November 1962 for breaking up by J. de Smedt.