Lorca

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Introduction

Court Line retained the name Lorca when the ship was purchased in 1943.

She had a service life of 25 years which included taking part in a large number of WW2 convoys; it might have been longer had she not run aground on the St. Lawrence in 1955 after which she was abandoned and broken up.

Lorca
Lorca - date and location not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Cory & Strick (Steamers) Ltd.
Managers Frank C.Strick & Co. Ltd. London
Builders J Redhead & Sons Ltd.
Yard South Shields
Country UK
Yard number 504
Registry N/K
Official number 162525
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GTRP
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 4,875
Net tonnage 3,007
Deadweight N/K
Length 393.4ft
Breadth 53.8 ft
Depth 26.5 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 25", 42" and 69" and stroke 48".
Engine builders J. Redhead & Sons Ltd
Works South Shields
Country UK
Boilers Two single-ended boilers operating at 200psi.
Power 427 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 10.5 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K
Lorca as Loradore
Lorca as Loradore near Circular Quay Sydney and taken 25 metres East of the North-Eastern pylon looking South - probably with a morning fog burning off. It is believed that this photograph was taken in 1949. [2]

Additional Construction Information

The 1940-41 Lloyds Register entry for Lorca has the following additional information about her:

  • She had one steel deck
  • She was fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 Sep 1930 Launched
12 Jan 1931 Completed
1943 Acquired by the United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps
1944 Sold to Maritime Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. - Managers Michalinos & Co. Ltd. and renamed Loradore
13 Aug 1955 Went aground
17 Aug 1955 Abandoned and broken up (location of breakers not known)

Service Pre WW2

I have not been able to find any information about the service history of Lorca before WW2.

Service in WW2

Lorca took part in 76 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
Southend, Oct 7, 1939 OA.16G (Southend - to OG 2)
OG.2 (to AT SEA - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Oct 17, 1939
Gibraltar, Nov 6, 1939 HG.6 (Gibraltar - UK Ports)
Gibraltar, Dec 31, 1939 HG.13 (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 10, 1940
Milford Haven, Feb 13, 1940 OB.90 (Liverpool - to OG 18)
OG.18 (to AT SEA - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Feb 22, 1940
Gibraltar, Mar 9, 1940 HG.22F (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 18, 1940
Liverpool, Mar 31, 1940 OB.120 (Liverpool - to OG 24)
OG.24 (to AT SEA - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Apr 8, 1940
Mumbles, May 19, 1940 OB.150 (Liverpool - to OG 30)
OG.30 (to AT SEA - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, May 26, 1940
Gibraltar, Jun 24, 1940 Hgz
Oran, Jun 26, 1940 R.31 (Oran - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jun 27, 1940
SL.36 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jul 3, 1940
Halifax, Sep 1, 1940 HX.70 (Halifax - Liverpool) Methil Roads, Sep 18, 1940
Methil, Oct 18, 1940 OA.231 (Methil - Dispersed)
Methil, Dec 4, 1940 FS.353 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 8, 1940
Halifax, Dec 15, 1940 SC.16 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Dec 31, 1940
Clyde, Jan 17, 1941 WN.71 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, Jan 21, 1941
Methil, Jan 26, 1941 FS.396 (Methil - Southend) Middlesbrough, Jan 28, 1941
Methil, Feb 19, 1941 EN.74/1 (Methil - Oban)
Methil, Feb 21, 1941 EN.75/1 (Methil - Oban)
EN.74/1 (Methil - Oban) Loch Ewe, Feb 22, 1941
EN.75/1 (Methil - Oban) Loch Ewe, Feb 25, 1941
Oban, Feb 28, 1941 OB.291 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Freetown, Apr 17, 1941 SL.72 (Freetown - Liverpool) Oban, May 13, 1941
Oban, Jun 21, 1941 OB.337 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Freetown, Jul 24, 1941 SL.82 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Aug 15, 1941
Independent Hvalfjord, Sep 15, 1941
Hvalfjord, Sep 29, 1941 PQ.1 (Hvalfjord - Archangel) Archangel, Oct 11, 1941
Archangel, Nov 3, 1941 QP.2 (Archangel - Kirkwall) Kirkwall, Nov 17, 1941
Kirkwall, Nov 20, 1941 WN.207 (Oban - Methil) Methil, Nov 21, 1941
Methil, Dec 20, 1941 EN.22 (Methil - Oban) Oban, Dec 23, 1941
Oban, Dec 24, 1941 OS.15 (Liverpool - Bathurst) Bathurst, Jan 13, 1942
Freetown, Mar 4, 1942 SL.102 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 26, 1942
Holyhead, Apr 3, 1942 BB.157 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Cardiff, Apr 5, 1942
Liverpool, Apr 22, 1942 OS.26 (Liverpool - Freetown)
Clyde, May 2, 1942 OS.27 (Liverpool - Freetown)
OS.26 (Liverpool - Freetown) Freetown, May 9, 1942
OS.27 (Liverpool - Freetown) Freetown, May 19, 1942
Freetown, Jun 4, 1942 SL.112 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 23, 1942
Belfast Lough, Jun 23, 1942 BB.190 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Cardiff, Jun 24, 1942
Liverpool, Jul 11, 1942 OS.34 (Liverpool - Freetown) Freetown, Jul 30, 1942
OSS.34 (ex OS 34 - Takoradi) Takoradi, Aug 4, 1942
Takoradi, Aug 19, 1942 TS.15 (Takoradi - Freetown) Freetown, Aug 28, 1942
Freetown, Sep 3, 1942 SL.121 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Sep 21, 1942
Liverpool, Oct 11, 1942 ON.138 (Liverpool - NYC)
Clyde, Nov 15, 1942 ON.146 (Liverpool - NYC)
Trinidad, Nov 18, 1942 TAG.22 (Trinidad - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Nov 24, 1942
Freetown, Dec 9, 1942 ST.46 (Freetown - Takoradi) Takoradi, Dec 14, 1942
Freetown, Dec 31, 1942 FTT.6 (Freetown - Trinidad) Trinidad, Jan 15, 1943
Trinidad, Jan 20, 1943 TAG.SP (Trinidad - Kingston, Jamaica)
Cristobal, Jan 24, 1943 ZG.20 (Cristobal - Guantanamo)
TAG.SP (Trinidad - Kingston, Jamaica) Kingston, Jan 25, 1943
Kingston, Jan 27, 1943 TAG.SPA (Kingston Jamaica - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Jan 28, 1943
New York, Feb 13, 1943 SC.120 (NYC - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 5, 1943
Milford Haven, Mar 24, 1943 OS.45 (Liverpool - Freetown) Freetown, Apr 14, 1943
Freetown, May 11, 1943 SL.129 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 13)
SL.129MK (r/v SL 129/MKS 13 - Liverpool) Clyde, Jun 1, 1943
Liverpool, Jul 4, 1943 OS.51KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
OS.51 (ex OS 51/KMS 20 - Freetown) Freetown, Jul 23, 1943
Freetown, Sep 3, 1943 SL.136 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 24)
SL.136MK (r/v SL 136/MKS 24G - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Sep 23, 1943
WN.484 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Sep 27, 1943
Methil, Nov 13, 1943 EN.306 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Nov 15, 1943
Liverpool, Nov 16, 1943 OS.59KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.33G (ex OS 59/KMS 33 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Nov 29, 1943
Gibraltar, Nov 29, 1943 KMS.33 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Oran, Nov 30, 1943
Oran, Dec 22, 1943 MKS.34 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Oran, Dec 23, 1943
Gibraltar, Jan 1, 1944 OS.62 (ex OS 62/KMS 37 - Freetown) Freetown, Jan 11, 1944
Freetown, Jan 22, 1944 SL.147 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 38)
SL.147MK (r/v SL 147/MKS 38 - Liverpool) Liverpool, Feb 13, 1944
Milford Haven, Mar 2, 1944 OS.70KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.44G (ex OS 70/KMS 44 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Mar 17, 1944
Bone, Apr 2, 1944 GUS.38 (Port Said - Hampton Rds)
Augusta, Apr 14, 1944 MKS.46 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Bone, Apr 17, 1944
GUS.38 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Gibraltar, May 5, 1944
Gibraltar, May 10, 1944 MKS.48G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 157)
SL.157MK (r/v SL 157/MKS 48 - Liverpool) Workington, May 22, 1944
Liverpool, Jun 22, 1944 OS.81KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.55G (ex OS 81/KMS 55 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jul 4, 1944
Gibraltar, Jul 4, 1944 KMS.55 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said, Jul 14, 1944

Service post WW2

Very little information is currently available about the service history of Lorca after the war other than the changes in ownership and name recorded in the Career Highlights section.

She went aground on Bird Rocks, Magdalen Island, St Lawrence on 13 August 1955 en route from Sydney to Montreal with a cargo of coal. She was abandoned and broken up but details of where this took place are not currently known.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of John Powell
  2. By courtesy of Wayne Wood