Dallington Court

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Introduction

The name Dallington Court was used by Court Line for just one ship that was launched in 1929.

She had a 36 year service life, including significant service during WW2, and was broken up in Belgium in 1965.

Dallington Court
Dallington Court at Liverpool - date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Framlington Syndicate.
Managers Haldin & Philipps Ltd. London
Builders Northumberland Shipping Co (1927) Ltd
Yard Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country UK
Yard number 413
Registry N/K
Official number 161306
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GCWB
Classification society 100 A1
Gross tonnage 6,889
Net tonnage 4,329
Deadweight N/K
Length 420 ft
Breadth 56.5 ft
Depth 33.8 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore of 27", 45" and 75" and stroke 51".
Engine builders Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co.Ltd
Works Newcastle upon Tyne
Country UK
Boilers Three single-ended boilers operating at 180psi.
Power 568 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 10 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew "Fleet in 1942" gives complement as 45 but see Service Pre-WW2
Dallington Court
Dallington Court believed to have been taken at Vancouver on 16 January 1934. The photo is by Walter E. Frost, Ref. AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2146. [2]

Notes on Basic Data

Crew

Stan Mayes, who served on this ship for several trips has the following recollection of the complement from the three voyages he made in her indicating a total crew of around 39:

Tonnages

Information shown in the Basic Data section refers to the ship when completed. John Powell reports that, according to Lloyd's register, the ship's tonnages were amended to 6,941 gross, 4,285 net and 11,064 deadweight in 1960.

Dallington Court
Dallington Court believed to have been taken at Vancouver on 28 October 1936. The photo is by Walter E. Frost, Ref. AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2146.1. [2]

Additional Construction Information

The 1930-31 Lloyds Register entry for Dallington Court has the following additional information about her:

  • She had two steel decks
  • Fitted with electric light and Wireless direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
11 Jul 1929 Launched
Aug 1929 Completed
1936 Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - same managers
19 Aug 1942 Torpedoed and sunk

Service Pre WW2

No information is currently available other than that Dallington Court was laid up for some years at Sunderland during the years of the 1930s depression.

Service in WW2

Dallington Court took part in 75 convoys during WW2 as well as many other independent voyages according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - External Reference #5.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Immingham, Sep 21, 1939 not reported Southend, Sep 22, 1939
Southend, Sep 23, 1939 OA.9 (Southend - Dispersed)
Southampton, Sep 26, 1939 not reported Cowes Roads, Oct 3, 1939
Cowes Roads, Oct 7, 1939 not reported Plymouth, Oct 9, 1939
Plymouth, Jan 1, 1940 Independent Southampton, Jan 5, 1940
Southampton, Jan 8, 1940 not reported Havre, Jan 9, 1940
Havre, Jan 10, 1940 not reported Southampton, Jan 11, 1940
Southampton, Jan 16, 1940 not reported Cherbourg, Jan 17, 1940
Cherbourg, Jan 19, 1940 not reported Southampton, Jan 20, 1940
Southampton, Jan 26, 1940 not reported Havre, Jan 28, 1940
Havre, Jan 29, 1940 not reported Southampton, Feb 1, 1940
Southampton, Feb 6, 1940 not reported Cardiff, Feb 17, 1940
Cardiff, Feb 24, 1940 Independent
Plymouth, Mar 9, 1940 Independent Clyde, Mar 12, 1940
Clyde, Mar 24, 1940 Independent Plymouth, Mar 27, 1940
Plymouth, Apr 3, 1940 Independent Barry, Apr 4, 1940
Barry, Apr 12, 1940 not reported Clyde, Apr 14, 1940
Clyde, Apr 21, 1940 Escorted Scapa Flow, Apr 23, 1940
Scapa Flow, Apr 24, 1940 TM.1/1 (Scapa Flow - Ã…ndalsnes) Namsos, Apr 27, 1940
Andalsnes, Apr 27, 1940 Escorted Scapa Flow, May 1, 1940
Scapa Flow, May 3, 1940 Escorted Clyde, May 5, 1940
Clyde, May 27, 1940 not reported Narvik, Jun 1, 1940
Narvik, Jun 3, 1940 not reported
Scapa Flow, Jun 15, 1940 not reported Clyde, Jun 17, 1940
Clyde, Jun 29, 1940 Independent Belfast, Jun 30, 1940
Belfast, Jul 1, 1940 Independent Clyde, Jul 2, 1940
Clyde, Jul 27, 1940 not reported
Clyde, Sep 19, 1940 OB.216 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Montreal, Oct 3, 1940
Montreal, Oct 9, 1940 Independent Sydney CB, Oct 12, 1940
Sydney CB, Oct 15, 1940 SC.8 (Sydney CB - Liverpool) Clyde, Nov 1, 1940
Clyde, Nov 4, 1940 WN.31 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, Nov 9, 1940
Methil, Dec 4, 1940 EN.36/1 (Methil - Oban) Oban, Dec 8, 1940
Oban, Dec 11, 1940 OB.257 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Dec 27, 1940
New York, Jan 7, 1941 Independent Halifax, Jan 10, 1941
Halifax, Jan 21, 1941 HX.104 (Halifax - Liverpool)
Independent Clyde, Feb 8, 1941
Clyde, Feb 20, 1941 WN.88 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, Feb 23, 1941
Methil, Mar 1, 1941 FS.425 (Methil - Southend) Hull, Mar 3, 1941
Hull, Apr 3, 1941 EC.2 (Southend - Clyde) Loch Ewe, Apr 7, 1941
Independent Halifax, Apr 22, 1941
Halifax, Apr 22, 1941 Independent St John Nb, Apr 23, 1941
St John Nb, May 1, 1941 Independent Halifax, May 3, 1941
Halifax, May 6, 1941 HX.125A (Halifax - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, May 22, 1941
WN.131 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, May 26, 1941
Methil, May 28, 1941 FS.501 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 30, 1941
Southend, Jun 9, 1941 EC.31 (Southend - Clyde) Tyne, Jun 11, 1941
not reported Methil Roads, Jun 19, 1941
Tyne, Jun 19, 1941 not reported
Methil Roads, Jul 5, 1941 EC.41 (Southend - Clyde) Oban, Jul 7, 1941
Oban, Jul 15, 1941 OB.346 (Liverpool - Freetown)
Independent Capetown, Aug 18, 1941
Capetown, Aug 21, 1941 Independent Durban, Aug 26, 1941
Durban, Aug 30, 1941 Independent Aden, Sep 15, 1941
Aden, Sep 15, 1941 Independent Port Sudan, Sep 18, 1941
Port Sudan, Sep 19, 1941 Independent Suez, Sep 23, 1941
Port Said, Oct 1, 1941 Independent Alexandria, Oct 2, 1941
Alexandria, Oct 15, 1941 Independent Port Said, Oct 16, 1941
Port Said, Oct 20, 1941 Independent Haifa, Oct 21, 1941
Haifa, Oct 29, 1941 Independent Port Said, Oct 30, 1941
Suez, Nov 16, 1941 Independent Lourenco Marques, Dec 9, 1941
Lourenco Marques, Dec 12, 1941 Independent Capetown, Dec 18, 1941
Capetown, Jan 5, 1942 Independent Freetown, Jan 21, 1942
Freetown, Jan 27, 1942 SL.99 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Feb 16, 1942
Liverpool, Mar 24, 1942 OS.23 (Liverpool - Freetown)
Independent Durban, Apr 29, 1942
Durban, May 8, 1942 Independent Aden, May 23, 1942
Aden, May 23, 1942 Independent Suez, May 29, 1942
Suez, Jun 13, 1942 Independent Lourenco Marques, Jul 4, 1942
Lourenco Marques, Aug 5, 1942 Independent Durban, Aug 7, 1942
Durban, Aug 29, 1942 Independent Diego Suarez, Sep 6, 1942
Diego Suarez, Sep 19, 1942 Independent Mombasa, Sep 23, 1942
Mombasa, Oct 14, 1942 Independent Durban, Oct 23, 1942
Durban, Oct 29, 1942 Independent St. Thomas, Dec 4, 1942
Independent San Juan Pr, Dec 5, 1942
St. Thomas, Dec 5, 1942 Independent
Guantanamo, Dec 16, 1942 GN.28 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York, Dec 24, 1942
New York, Jan 24, 1943 SC.118 (NYC - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Feb 11, 1943
Belfast Lough, Feb 17, 1943 Independent Loch Ewe, Feb 19, 1943
WN.397 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Feb 24, 1943
Methil, Feb 25, 1943 FS.1048 (Methil - Southend) Tyne, Feb 26, 1943
Tyne, Apr 2, 1943 FN.984 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 3, 1943
Methil, Apr 3, 1943 EN.212 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Apr 6, 1943
Oban, Apr 8, 1943 ONS.3 (Liverpool - Halifax) Halifax, Apr 28, 1943
Halifax, May 11, 1943 SC.130 (Halifax - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, May 26, 1943
WN.433 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, May 29, 1943
Methil, Jun 6, 1943 EN.239 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Jun 8, 1943
Oban, Jun 9, 1943 ONS.10 (Liverpool - Halifax)
HF.62 (Halifax - St John Nb) St John Nb, Jun 29, 1943
St John Nb, Jul 12, 1943 FH.65 (St John Nb - Halifax) Halifax, Jul 14, 1943
Halifax, Jul 19, 1943 SC.137 (Halifax - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Aug 3, 1943
WN.462 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Aug 4, 1943
Methil, Aug 19, 1943 EN.270 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Aug 21, 1943
Oban, Sep 1, 1943 ONS.17 (Liverpool - Halifax) Sydney CB, Sep 15, 1943
Sydney CB, Sep 15, 1943 Independent Three Rivers, Sep 18, 1943
Three Rivers, Sep 25, 1943 Independent Sydney CB, Sep 28, 1943
Sydney CB, Sep 29, 1943 SC.143 (Halifax - Liverpool) Avonmouth, Oct 13, 1943
Avonmouth, Oct 20, 1943 Independent Newport, Oct 21, 1943
Newport, Oct 23, 1943 Independent Swansea, Oct 24, 1943
Swansea, Nov 3, 1943 Independent Milford Haven, Nov 4, 1943
Milford Haven, Nov 4, 1943 OS.58KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.32G (ex OS 58/KMS 32 - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Nov 19, 1943
Passed Gibraltar, Nov 19, 1943 KMS.32 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Algiers, Nov 21, 1943
Algiers, Dec 24, 1943 KMS.35 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Jan 1, 1944
Port Said, Jan 12, 1944 Independent Beirut, Jan 13, 1944
Beirut, Jan 18, 1944 Independent Port Said, Jan 20, 1944
Port Said, Jan 21, 1944 MKS.38 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Augusta, Jan 26, 1944
Augusta, Jan 27, 1944 AH.21 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Jan 29, 1944
Bari, Feb 3, 1944 HA.22 (Brindisi - Augusta) Augusta, Feb 5, 1944
Augusta, Feb 12, 1944 KMS.40 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Feb 17, 1944
Port Said, Feb 22, 1944 Independent Beirut, Feb 23, 1944
Independent Haifa, Feb 26, 1944
Beirut, Feb 26, 1944 Independent
Haifa, Feb 27, 1944 Independent Port Said, Feb 28, 1944
Port Said, Feb 29, 1944 MKS.42 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Augusta, Mar 6, 1944
Augusta, Mar 7, 1944 AH.29 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Mar 9, 1944
Bari, Mar 10, 1944 Independent
Brindisi, Mar 14, 1944 HA.30 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Mar 16, 1944
Augusta, Mar 22, 1944 KMS.44 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Mar 27, 1944
Port Said, Mar 29, 1944 Independent Beirut, Mar 30, 1944
Independent Haifa, Apr 2, 1944
Beirut, Apr 2, 1944 Independent
Haifa, Apr 3, 1944 Independent Port Said, Apr 4, 1944
Port Said, Apr 4, 1944 GUS.36 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Augusta, Apr 10, 1944
Augusta, Apr 12, 1944 AH.36 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Apr 14, 1944
Bari, Apr 16, 1944 Escorted Augusta, Apr 17, 1944
Augusta, Apr 22, 1944 KMS.47 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Apr 27, 1944
Port Said, Apr 29, 1944 Independent Beirut, May 1, 1944
Beirut, May 2, 1944 Independent Port Said, May 4, 1944
Port Said, May 4, 1944 GUS.39 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Augusta, May 10, 1944
Augusta, May 12, 1944 AH.42 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, May 14, 1944
Bari, May 18, 1944 HA.43 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, May 20, 1944
Augusta, May 20, 1944 KMS.50 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, May 25, 1944
Port Said, May 29, 1944 Independent Beirut, May 30, 1944
Beirut, Jun 1, 1944 Independent Haifa, Jun 2, 1944
Haifa, Jun 2, 1944 Independent Port Said, Jun 3, 1944
Port Said, Jun 3, 1944 GUS.42 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Augusta, Jun 9, 1944
Augusta, Jun 12, 1944 AH.48A (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Jun 14, 1944
Bari, Jun 17, 1944 HA.49 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Jun 19, 1944
Augusta, Jun 19, 1944 GUS.43 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Oran, Jun 24, 1944
Oran, Jun 28, 1944 UGS.45 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Augusta, Jul 3, 1944
Augusta, Jul 6, 1944 VN.51 (Augusta - Naples) Naples, Jul 7, 1944
Naples, Jul 27, 1944 Escorted Augusta, Jul 28, 1944
Augusta, Jul 28, 1944 GUS.47 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Bizerta, Jul 30, 1944
Bizerta, Aug 4, 1944 MKS.57 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Algiers, Aug 6, 1944
Algiers, Aug 15, 1944 not reported Naples, Aug 19, 1944
Naples, Aug 25, 1944 NV.60 (Naples - Augusta) Augusta, Aug 26, 1944
Augusta, Aug 28, 1944 KMS.60 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Alexandria, Sep 1, 1944
Alexandria, Sep 8, 1944 Independent Port Said, Sep 9, 1944
Port Said, Sep 21, 1944 Independent Haifa, Sep 22, 1944
Haifa, Oct 16, 1944 Independent Port Said, Oct 17, 1944
Port Said, Nov 12, 1944 GUS.58 (Port Said - Oran) Algiers, Nov 19, 1944
Algiers, Dec 2, 1944 Independent Gibraltar, Dec 4, 1944
Gibraltar, Dec 5, 1944 MKS.69G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 178)
SL.178MK (r/v SL 178/MKS 69 - Liverpool) Clyde, Dec 15, 1944
Clyde, Feb 21, 1945 OS.112KM (Clyde & Downs - Dispersed)
Independent Naples, Mar 5, 1945
Naples, Mar 15, 1945 Independent
Gibraltar, Mar 20, 1945 Independent Valencia, Mar 22, 1945
Valencia, Mar 31, 1945 Independent Gibraltar, Apr 3, 1945
Gibraltar, Apr 5, 1945 MKS.93G (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Apr 13, 1945
Belfast Lough, Apr 16, 1945 BB.85/2 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Avonmouth, Apr 17, 1945
Independent Barry, Apr 23, 1945
Avonmouth, Apr 23, 1945 Independent
Barry, Apr 28, 1945 MH.97/2 (M Haven - Clyde) Belfast Lough, Apr 30, 1945
Belfast Lough, May 3, 1945 ONS.49 (Liverpool - Halifax)
Independent Three Rivers, May 19, 1945
Three Rivers, Jun 1, 1945 Independent Southend, Jun 17, 1945
Southend, Jun 18, 1945 Independent Hamburg, Jun 23, 1945
Independent Tyne, Jun 30, 1945
Tyne, Jul 4, 1945 Independent Montreal, Jul 20, 1945
Montreal, Aug 1, 1945 Independent Downs, Aug 16, 1945
Independent Antwerp, Aug 17, 1945
Downs, Aug 17, 1945 Independent
Antwerp, Aug 23, 1945 Independent Tyne, Aug 25, 1945

Arthur Ernest Holgate

I was recently contacted by Colin Holgate who told me that his father Arthur Ernest Holgate had served on Dallington Court during WW2 as a ship's cook. He kindly sent me three photos of Arthur and one of the ship.

Arthur Ernest Holgate Arthur Ernest Holgate
The two images above show Arther Holgate. [3]
Arthur Ernest Holgate
Arthur Holgate (right) with an unknown friend. [3]

Roll of Honour

Joseph Zamudio lost his life in service during WW2 on 27 February 1941 when he was washed overboard from Dallington Court. His name appears on the Tower Hill memorial but in 2004 his grave was found at Berwick-on-Tweed. It is understood that his body was washed ashore nearby. As the location of his grave was unknown when the Tower Hill memorial was commissioned, he was included on it and currently remains there.

Surname Forenames D.O.D. Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref. Additional Information
Zamudio Joseph Rene Victor 27/02/1941 Chief Officer Berwick-Upon-Tweed Cemetery Sec CA (Con). Grave 887. Age 42
Tower Hill Memorial
This is a photo of the panel on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial at Tower Hill commemorating Dallington Court.[5]
Poppies

Service post WW2

Stan Mayes took part in three voyages towards the end of 1945 and in 1946 and has provided detailed information which can be found on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE. The account contains many photographs.

Nothing further is known of the service history of Dallington Court after this date at present except as in the Career Highlights section.

Dallington Court
Dallington Court. The location is unknown but it is believed to have been taken by Leslie Hanson around Christmas 1947. [3]

Image Credits

  1. From The Allen Collection - External Reference #1
  2. By courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives
  3. By courtesy of Colin Holgate