Sinnington Court

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Introduction

Court Line used the name Sinnington Court for just one ship.

Sinnington Court had a service history of 33 years, which included a distinguished record of service in WW2 convoys. Having survived the war, she was sold to Japanese owners and traded for a further 10 years before sinking during a typhoon.

Sinnington Court
Sinnington Court - location and date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners, managers and operators United British Steamship Co. Ltd.
Managers Haldin & Philipps Ltd. London
Builders Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd.
Yard Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country UK
Yard number 1,039
Registry N/K
Official number 160574
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GSQR
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 6,910
Net tonnage 4,335
Deadweight N/K
Length 420.1 ft
Breadth 56.5 ft
Depth 33.8 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 27", 45" and 75" and stroke 51".
Engine builders J.G.Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
Works Greenock
Country UK
Boilers Three single-ended boilers operating at 180psi.
Power 574 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 10 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew "Fleet in 1942" gives complement as 45
Sinnington Court
Sinnington Court - location and date not known but possibly Liverpool. [2]

Additional Construction Information

The 1945-46 Lloyds Register entry for Sinnington Court has the following additional information about her:

  • She had two steel decks
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 Aug 1928 Launched
Sep 1928 Completed
1936 Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - same managers
1951 Sold to Hinode Kisen K.K. Toyko Japan and renamed Atago Maru
1955 Sold to Miyachi Kisen K.K., Kobe Japan and renamed Fukuzan Maru
26 Oct 1961 Sunk in a typhoon
Sinnington Court
Sinnington Court - location and date not known. Photo by Walter E. Frost, Ref. AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2699.1 [3]

Service Pre WW2

I have found little information about the service history of Sinnington Court before the war other than that she was laid up at Sunderland for a number of years during the depression of the 1930s.

I am grateful to David Gilroy for the following information and associated photographs:

My father Herbert David Gilroy born 1914 sailed with Sinnington Court in 1931 to USA , Portland Oregon via Panama Canal. Dad sailed under Sydney Harbour Bridge later that voyage.

The crew list completed on 2 December 1931 shows the composition of the crew for this voyage. David Gilroy is the last entry and he was a deck boy. It shows that most of the crew had signed Ship's Artlcles in October 1931.

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Crew lists for this voyage [3]
H.D. Gilroy
This photo shows Herbert David Gilroy and is believed to have been taken in 1931. [3]
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Sinnington Court going under Sydney Harbour bridge - believed to have been taken in 1932. [3]

Service in WW2

Sinnington Court took part in 88 convoys during WW2 as well as a many independent voyages according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - External Reference #5.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Independent Balboa, Oct 24, 1939
Cristobal, Oct 28, 1939 Independent Kingston, Oct 31, 1939
Kingston, Nov 1, 1939 Independent Halifax, Nov 12, 1939
Halifax, Nov 18, 1939 HX.9 (Halifax - Liverpool) Southampton, Dec 3, 1939
Southampton, Jan 6, 1940 Independent Antwerp, Jan 10, 1940
Antwerp, Jan 16, 1940 Independent Downs, Jan 17, 1940
Downs, Jan 18, 1940 OA.74 (Southend - Dispersed) Barry, Jan 23, 1940
Barry, Feb 9, 1940 Independent Milford Haven, Feb 10, 1940
Milford Haven, Feb 13, 1940 OB.90 (Liverpool - to OG 18)
OG.18 (to AT SEA - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Feb 21, 1940
Gibraltar, Feb 22, 1940 HG.20F (Gibraltar - Liverpool)
Independent Cristobal, Mar 12, 1940
Balboa, Mar 12, 1940 Independent New Westminster, Mar 30, 1940
New Westminster, Apr 1, 1940 Independent Vancouver, Apr 2, 1940
Vancouver, Apr 2, 1940 Independent New Westminster, Apr 3, 1940
Independent Port Mellon, Apr 7, 1940
Vancouver, Apr 7, 1940 Independent Victoria Bc, Apr 9, 1940
Victoria Bc, Apr 12, 1940 Independent Balboa, May 1, 1940
Cristobal, May 2, 1940 Independent
Kingston, May 5, 1940 Independent Bermuda, May 12, 1940
Bermuda, May 15, 1940 BHX.43 (Bermuda - Jd HX 43)
HX.43 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, May 30, 1940
Liverpool, Jul 3, 1940 OB.178 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Cristobal, Jul 24, 1940
Balboa, Jul 25, 1940 Independent New Westminster, Aug 11, 1940
Independent Vancouver, Aug 13, 1940
New Westminster, Aug 13, 1940 Independent Crofton, Aug 15, 1940
Vancouver, Aug 15, 1940 Independent
Crofton, Aug 18, 1940 Independent
Victoria Bc, Aug 21, 1940 Independent Balboa, Sep 9, 1940
Cristobal, Sep 10, 1940 Independent Kingston, Sep 12, 1940
Kingston, Sep 13, 1940 Independent Bermuda, Sep 18, 1940
Bermuda, Sep 20, 1940 BHX.75 (Bermuda - Jd HX 75)
HX.75 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Oct 7, 1940
Liverpool, Dec 4, 1940 OB.254 (Liverpool - Dispersed) Belfast Lough, Dec 7, 1940
Belfast Lough, Dec 10, 1940 OB.257 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent New York, Jan 2, 1941
New York, Jan 17, 1941 Independent Halifax, Jan 21, 1941
Halifax, Jan 22, 1941 SC.20 (Halifax - Liverpool) St Johns NF, Jan 31, 1941
St Johns NF, Apr 3, 1941 Independent Boston, Apr 7, 1941
Boston, Jun 13, 1941 Independent Halifax, Jun 15, 1941
Halifax, Jun 17, 1941 Independent Sydney CB, Jun 18, 1941
Sydney CB, Jun 20, 1941 SC.35 (Sydney CB - Clyde) Loch Ewe, Jul 9, 1941
WN.151 (Oban - Methil) Methil, Jul 13, 1941
Methil, Jul 17, 1941 FS.544 (Methil - Southend) Middlesbrough, Jul 18, 1941
Middlesbrough, Aug 2, 1941 FN.500 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 3, 1941
Methil Roads, Aug 4, 1941 EC.54 (Southend - Clyde) Loch Ewe, Aug 6, 1941
Independent Philadelphia, Aug 25, 1941
Philadelphia, Sep 9, 1941 Independent Sydney CB, Sep 14, 1941
Sydney CB, Sep 18, 1941 SC.45 (Sydney CB - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Oct 3, 1941
Belfast Lough, Oct 5, 1941 BB.84 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Newport, Oct 7, 1941
Newport, Oct 29, 1941 Independent Milford Haven, Oct 30, 1941
Milford Haven, Oct 31, 1941 not reported Belfast Lough, Nov 1, 1941
Belfast Lough, Nov 7, 1941 OS.11 (Liverpool - Freetown) Belfast Lough, Nov 11, 1941
Belfast Lough, Dec 1, 1941 OS.13 (Liverpool - Freetown) Freetown, Dec 21, 1941
Freetown, Dec 24, 1941 Independent Capetown, Jan 9, 1942
Capetown, Jan 10, 1942 Independent Durban, Jan 15, 1942
Durban, Jan 24, 1942 Independent Aden, Feb 11, 1942
Aden, Feb 11, 1942 Independent Suez, Feb 18, 1942
Port Said, Feb 21, 1942 Independent Alexandria, Feb 22, 1942
Alexandria, Mar 6, 1942 Independent Port Said, Mar 7, 1942
Suez, Mar 13, 1942 Independent Colombo, Mar 28, 1942
Colombo, May 2, 1942 C.14 (Colombo - Dispersed)
Independent Durban, May 25, 1942
Durban, Jun 7, 1942 Independent East London, Jun 9, 1942
East London, Jun 18, 1942 Independent Durban, Jun 20, 1942
Durban, Jul 10, 1942 Independent Rio De Janeiro, Aug 2, 1942
Rio De Janeiro, Aug 21, 1942 Independent Pernambuco, Aug 28, 1942
Pernambuco, Sep 1, 1942 Independent Trinidad, Sep 12, 1942
Trinidad, Sep 16, 1942 TAG.6 (Trinidad - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Sep 21, 1942
Guantanamo, Sep 22, 1942 GN.6 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York, Sep 30, 1942
New York, Oct 3, 1942 SC.104 (NYC - Liverpool) Sydney CB, Oct 9, 1942
Sydney CB, Oct 17, 1942 SH.54A (Sydney CB - Halifax) Halifax, Oct 20, 1942
Halifax, Nov 4, 1942 SC.108 (NYC - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Nov 18, 1942
WN.362 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Nov 20, 1942
Methil, Nov 20, 1942 FS.965 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 22, 1942
Southend, Dec 3, 1942 FN.882 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Dec 5, 1942
Tyne, Dec 22, 1942 FN.897 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 23, 1942
Methil, Dec 25, 1942 EN.177 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Loch Ewe, Dec 26, 1942
ON.158 (Liverpool - NYC) Philadelphia, Jan 27, 1943
Independent New York, Feb 13, 1943
Philadelphia, Feb 13, 1943 Independent
New York, Feb 23, 1943 SC.121 (NYC - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Mar 13, 1943
WN.403 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Mar 15, 1943
Methil, Mar 16, 1943 FS.1064 (Methil - Southend) Hull, Mar 18, 1943
Hull, Apr 20, 1943 not reported Tyne, Apr 22, 1943
Tyne, Apr 23, 1943 FN.1002 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 24, 1943
Methil, Apr 26, 1943 EN.221 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Apr 29, 1943
Oban, Apr 30, 1943 ONS.6 (Liverpool - Halifax) Halifax, May 17, 1943
Halifax, May 22, 1943 XB.54 (Halifax - Boston) Boston, May 24, 1943
Boston, Jun 6, 1943 BX.56 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Jun 8, 1943
Halifax, Jun 16, 1943 SC.134 (Halifax - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Jun 30, 1943
WN.449 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Jul 3, 1943
Methil, Jul 3, 1943 FS.1158 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 5, 1943
Southend, Jul 18, 1943 FN.1076 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 20, 1943
Methil, Jul 20, 1943 EN.258 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Jul 22, 1943
Oban, Jul 27, 1943 ONS.14 (Liverpool - Halifax) Sydney CB, Aug 8, 1943
Sydney CB, Aug 9, 1943 SQ.63 (Sydney CB - Father Pt) Father Point, Aug 12, 1943
Red Islet, Aug 23, 1943 QS.65 (Red Islet - Sydney CB) Sydney CB, Aug 27, 1943
Sydney CB, Sep 4, 1943 SC.141 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Sep 17, 1943
Liverpool, Oct 1, 1943 Independent Swansea, Oct 3, 1943
Independent Milford Haven, Oct 15, 1943
Swansea, Oct 15, 1943 Independent
KMS.30G (Liverpool - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Oct 31, 1943
Passed Gibraltar, Oct 31, 1943 KMS.30 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Philippeville, Nov 4, 1943
not reported Bone, Nov 8, 1943
Philippeville, Nov 8, 1943 not reported
Bone, Dec 9, 1943 MKS.33 (Alexandria - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Dec 13, 1943
Gibraltar, Dec 24, 1943 MKS.34G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 143)
SL.143MK (r/v SL 143/MKS 34 - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 5, 1944
WN.528 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Jan 8, 1944
Methil, Jan 9, 1944 FS.1326 (Methil - Southend) Tyne, Jan 10, 1944
Tyne, Jan 28, 1944 not reported Immingham, Jan 29, 1944
FN.1264 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 13, 1944
Methil, Feb 14, 1944 EN.346 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Oban, Feb 17, 1944
Oban, Feb 24, 1944 OS.69KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.43G (ex OS 69/KMS 43 - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Mar 6, 1944
Passed Gibraltar, Mar 6, 1944 KMS.43 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Bone, Mar 10, 1944
Bone, Mar 30, 1944 KMS.45 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Bizerta, Mar 31, 1944
Bizerta, Mar 31, 1944 not reported Bizerta, May 5, 1944
Bizerta, May 7, 1944 not reported Augusta, May 9, 1944
Independent Catania, May 9, 1944
Augusta, May 9, 1944 Independent
Catania, May 15, 1944 not reported Augusta, May 22, 1944
Augusta, May 24, 1944 MKS.50 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Bone, May 27, 1944
Bone, Jun 10, 1944 GUS.42 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Oran, Jun 13, 1944
Oran, Jun 19, 1944 MKS.52 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Jun 20, 1944
Passed Gibraltar, Jun 20, 1944 MKS.52G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 161)
SL.161MK (r/v SL 161/MKS 52 - Liverpool) Clyde, Jul 1, 1944
Clyde, Aug 11, 1944 OS.86KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.60G (ex OS 86/KMS 60 - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Aug 23, 1944
Passed Gibraltar, Aug 23, 1944 KMS.60 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Augusta, Aug 29, 1944
Augusta, Aug 29, 1944 AH.64 (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Aug 31, 1944
Bari, Sep 12, 1944 not reported
Bari, Sep 16, 1944 Escorted Ancona, Sep 17, 1944
Ancona, Oct 1, 1944 Escorted Brindisi, Oct 2, 1944
Brindisi, Oct 7, 1944 HA.71 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Oct 9, 1944
Augusta, Oct 11, 1944 MKS.64 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Oct 18, 1944
Gibraltar, Oct 19, 1944 Independent Melilla, Oct 20, 1944
Independent Gibraltar, Oct 21, 1944
Gibraltar, Oct 29, 1944 MKS.65G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 174)
SL.174MK (r/v SL 174/MKS 65 - Liverpool) Clyde, Nov 8, 1944
Clyde, Dec 2, 1944 OS.97KM (Liverpool - Dispersed)
KMS.71G (Disp Os 97/kms 71 - Dispersed) Passed Gibraltar, Dec 11, 1944
Passed Gibraltar, Dec 11, 1944 Independent Augusta, Dec 16, 1944
Augusta, Dec 19, 1944 AH.86 (Augusta - Taranto) Bari, Dec 21, 1944
Independent Brindisi, Dec 22, 1944
Bari, Dec 22, 1944 Independent
Brindisi, Jan 6, 1945 Independent Philippeville, Jan 10, 1945
Independent Bone, Jan 16, 1945
Philippeville, Jan 16, 1945 Independent
Bone, Jan 23, 1945 Independent Gibraltar, Jan 28, 1945
Gibraltar, Jan 31, 1945 MKS.80G (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Clyde, Feb 7, 1945
Clyde, Feb 22, 1945 Independent Liverpool, Feb 24, 1945
Liverpool, Mar 6, 1945 Independent Milford Haven, Mar 8, 1945
Milford Haven, Mar 8, 1945 BTC.91 (M Haven - Southend) Downs, Mar 11, 1945
Downs, Mar 12, 1945 TAM.105 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Mar 13, 1945
Antwerp, Mar 19, 1945 ATM.97 (Antwerp - Southend) Downs, Mar 20, 1945
Southend, Mar 20, 1945 TBC.103 (Southend - M Haven) Barry, Mar 23, 1945
Milford Haven, Mar 29, 1945 MH.67/2 (M Haven - Clyde) Belfast Lough, Mar 30, 1945
Belfast, Apr 2, 1945 ONS.46 (Liverpool - Halifax)
Independent Montreal, Apr 21, 1945
Three Rivers, May 15, 1945 Independent Sydney CB, May 18, 1945
Sydney CB, May 27, 1945 SC.177 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 9, 1945
Liverpool, Jul 25, 1945 Independent

Middlemiss - External Reference #4, reports that Sinnington Court rescued most of the survivors of the Blue Funnel ship Pyrrus which was acting as vice-Commodore of convoy OG18 for Gibraltar when she was torpedoed and sunk on 17 Feb 1940.

Service post WW2

I have found no information about the service history of Sinnington Court after the war other than that she was purchased by Japanese owners and brief details of her loss.

Sinnington Court
Sinnington Court Photo by Walter E. Frost taken 15 January 1934 - probably near Vancouver. [3]
Sinnington Court
Sinnington Court Photo by Walter E. Frost taken 13 January 1934 - probably near Vancouver. [3]

Loss of Sinnington Court

According to Middlemiss - External Reference #4, Sinnington Court - by then named Fukuzan Maru - sank 60 miles north of Saipan after the hull split during a typhoon whilst en route Townsville to Yokohama with copper concentrates. No further details have been located to date.

Miramar - External Reference #14, states simply "foundered 16°50'N, 146°46' E on 26.10.61".

Image Credits

  1. From The Allen Collection - External Reference #1
  2. From the site owner's photograph collection
  3. By courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives.
  4. By courtesy of David Gilroy.