Arlington Court (1905)



The name Arlington Court was used by Court Line for three ships:

Aldington Court (1905) was Haldenstein & Co. Ltd.'s first tramp steamer. She survived being torpedoed in WW1, was in service for 28 years and finally scrapped in 1933. I will refer to her simply as Arlington Court on the rest of this page.

Arlington Court
Arlington Court as Zovetto - date has to be between 1919 and 1925 and location not known but thought to be Italy. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Court Line Ltd.
Managers Haldinstein and Co
Builders R. Stephenson & Co. Ltd.
Yard Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country UK
Yard number 94
Registry N/K
Official number 120632
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GJGB (as Essex Knoll)
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 4,346
Net tonnage 2,833
Deadweight N/K
Length 355 ft
Breadth 50 ft
Depth 26.5 ft
Draught N/K
Engines 3 cylinder triple-expansion steam engine
Engine builders Blair & Co. Ltd.
Works Stockton-on-Tees
Country UK
Power 358 NHP
Propulsion N/K
Speed 9 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 Oct 1905 Launched
1915 Managers restyled Haldin & Co. Ltd.
28 Sep 1914 Requisitioned as RN Collier No 338
1916 Sold to G.H.Mitchell & Co.
14 May 1917 Torpedoed
1918 Renamed Penylan
1918 Transferred to W.J. Williams for management
1919 Sold to Soc. Anon A Parodi and renamed Zovetto
1925 Sold to Cia. Nav. Rivabella S.A. - World Shipping and Oil Transport Co. Ltd. London Managers), Panama and renamed Robertina
1927 Sold to Essex Line Ltd - Managers Meldrum & Swinson and renamed Essex Knoll
Jan 1933 Arrived in Venice for scrapping - broken up at Pola

Service Pre WW1

According to Middlemiss - External Reference #4, Arlington Court sailed on her maiden voyage under Captain S.H. Jones:

She traded worldwide under Captain Robert Rooks throughout 1914 when taken on six months time-charter by the German Gans Line to carry cotton from New Orleans and Mobile to Europe. She then loaded coal in the Tyne for Marseilles in early July, and was requisitioned at Cardiff on her return.

No further information is currently known about her pre-war service.

Service in WW1

Arlington Court was used to transport various cargoes during the war:

External Reference #4 provides the following additional information:

Arlington Court was ordered to proceed to Abrolhos Rocks off the coast of Brazil to rendezvous with the South Atlantic fleet under Admiral Craddock. She arrived there on 27 October 1914, but the fleet was far away engaging a German squadron at Coronel off Chile, She waited until 6 November when orders were received to proceed to an anchorage 3 miles outside the English Bank lighthouse in the Plate. Here the loss of the British warships was learnt, and the Hain Line tramp Tregurno advised them to move back to Abrolhos to bunker the auxiliary cruiser Orama. The ships were made fast to each other while bunkering was taking place, but the rough sea made them roll heavily with frequent small collisions under water. No leaks were found on the tramp and she set sail for the Falklands to bunker the battlecruiser Invincible - a member of the victorious British squadron at the Battle of the Falklands.

She then came off charter and voyaged to Karachi to load wheat. She was given an 12-pounder as defence against submarines but due to the shortage of these guns it was taken off at Gibraltar and a 3-pounder substituted. Her speed was down to 5.75 knots due to marine growth, and when a periscope was sighted travelling along the port side of the tramp only 200 yards away the worst was feared as the 3-pounder could not be depressed sufficiently to take aim. Amazingly no attack was made and Liverpool was safely reached early in 1916. Later that year on 30 October she was chased by a U-boat 50 miles SW of Cape St. Vincent but used her gun to good effect to escape. However she was torpedoed on 14 May 1917 off SW Ireland but was towed in and repaired. She was shortly afterwards sold to the Mitchell Steamship Co. Ltd. with W.J. Williams as manager and renamed Penylan after a suburb of Cardiff.

Service post WW1

Currently little information is known about her usage between the end of WW1 and her being scrapped in 1933, but as can be seen in the Career Highlights section, she changed ownership and name several times.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of the collection of Giorgio Spazzapan.