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Blue Funnel Line Ships (13)

Rhexenor (1960)

Rhexenor (1960)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Ocean SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 520
Official Number 301346
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,531
Deadweight (DWT) 9670
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 138.8 Metres
Overall Length 150.8 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.9 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 16.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 February 1960 Launched
July 1960 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 for Ocean SS Co Ltd as Maron. Change of owner to China Mutual SN Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Rhexenor 1975, change of name to Opobo and owner to Elder Dempster Lines Ltd 1977, change of name to Europe II and owner to Belton Sg Corp 1978, change of owner to Trade Sg Ltd 1985. Taken to Aliaga for breaking by Comert Denizcilik 5 April 1987

Sarpedon (1923)

Sarpedon (1923)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Ocean SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Cammell, Laird & Co
Shipyard Birkenhead
Country where built UK
Yard Number 893
Official Number 147214
Call Sign KPBV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 11,321
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,921
Length 499 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62.3 Ft
Depth 34.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 4 steam turbines Sr geared to two SC shafts
Engine Builder Ocean SS Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Birkenhead
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15

Additional Construction Information

  • Refrigeration machinery by Haslam Foundry & Engineering Co using Carbon Anhydride and brine with cork insulation
  • 3 decks
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 February 1923 Launched
June 1923 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 96,108 cubic feet refrigerated space in 5 compartments

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Newport for breaking by John Cashmore 5 June 1953

Sarpedon (1939)

Sarpedon (1939)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Glen Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Nederlandsche SB
Shipyard Amsterdam
Country where built Netherlands
Yard Number 269
Official Number 166276
Call Sign GQGW
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,100
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 475 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 66 Ft
Depth 38 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Two 2S C DA oil engines each with 6 cylinders of bore 21 7/16" and stroke 55 1/8"
Engine Builder Burmeister & Wain
Engine Builder Works Copenhagen
Engine Builder Country Denmark
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 2,469 NHP
Maximum Speed 18
Sarpedon (1939)

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 October 1938 Launched
July 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 Completed as Denbighshire for Glen Line Ltd. Change of name to Sarpedon and owner to China Mutual SN Co Ltd 1968. Taken to Kaohsiung for breaking by Jui Cheng Co 11 August 1969 - work began October 1969

Stentor (1899)

Stentor (1899)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Ocean SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Workman Clark
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 154
Official Number N/K
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,773
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 442.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52.1 Ft
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam 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 13

Career Highlights

Date Event
31 December 1898 Launched
May 1899 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 During WW1 Stentor served as the White Sea Ammunition Carrier No.222 in 1917. Change of owner to NV Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Mij "Oceaan" 1922, change of name to Don Jose and owner to Madrigal & Co 1926. Taken to Osaka for breaking 17 August 1929.

Stentor (1926)

Stentor (1926)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers China Mutual SN Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 296
Official Number 149613
Call Sign KVND
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,626
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,104
Length 430.8 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 55.8 Ft
Depth 29.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Oil Engines 4S C DA with 6 cylinders of bore 32 1/4" and stroke 59 1/16"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 1,200 NHP
Maximum Speed 14.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted with electric lighting and wireless
  • 2 decks
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 January 1926 Launched
May 1926 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 Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information On 27 October 1942, Stentor was sunk by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-509 at position 29° 13’ N, 20° 53’ W whilst carrying many passengers. The ship was hit on the starboard side at the bulkhead between holds #2 and #3. The palm oil stored in the deep tank was thrown up by the explosion and immediately caught fire, pouring into the passengers accommodation and setting the forward holds and bridge on fire. The men on the bridge were either killed or badly burned and had to be assisted to reach their lifeboat stations, but the ship suddenly sank by the bow about 8 minutes after being hit and the boat carrying the injured master capsized, drowning almost all occupants. Three lifeboats had been destroyed or were on fire, so the survivors abandoned ship in the remaining four boats and rafts. The master, the Vice Commodore, 19 crew members, one naval staff member and 22 passengers, including three army personnel and four nurses were lost. The ship’s surgeon William Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Albert Medal. He attended to the badly injured Vice Commodore and deliberately sacrificed his chance of safety by remaining with him until the ship sank. There were a lot of passengers on board when she was attacked. There were 202 survivors picked up by HMS Woodruff but 44 lives were lost. Details of Merchant Navy casualties and a photo of the memorial panel is on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Stentor (1959)

Stentor (1959)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers China Mutual SN Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Vickers Armstrong
Shipyard High Walker
Country where built UK
Yard Number 166
Official Number 301299
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,504
Deadweight (DWT) 9770
Net Tonnage 4,873
Length 138.8 Metres
Overall Length 150.7 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.9 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA B & W type oil engines with 6 cylinders of bore 750mm and stroke 1500mm
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Belfast
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 16.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 October 1958 Launched
April 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 Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for China Mutual SN Co Ltd as Memnon. Change of name to Stentor 1975, change of name to Owerri and owner to Elder Dempster Lines Ltd 1977, change of name to Europe and owner to Henlow Sg Corp 1978, change of name to Primus 1988. Taken to Alang for breaking by Crown Steel Co 5 February 1988

Talthybius (1912)

Talthybius (1912)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Ocean SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Shipyard Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 436
Official Number 131411
Call Sign GPZN
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 10,254
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,492
Length 506 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 60.3 Ft
Depth 39.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Two engines each with cylinders of bore 28", 38 1/2", 65" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 586 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 November 1911 Launched
January 1912 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 On 3 February 1942 Talthybius was bombed and set on fire by Japanese aircraft while at Singapore. After the fires had been put out she was declared unseaworthy, scuttled and abandoned. She was then recovered and repared by the Japanese who changed her name to Taruyasu Maru. She struck a mine on 3 June 1945 off Sado Island and was abandoned. Later recovered by the British, her name was changed to Empire Evenlode. Taken to Briton Ferry for breaking by T.W.Ward 7 September 1949

Talthybius (1944)

Talthybius (1944)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Permanente Metals Corp
Shipyard No. 1 Shipyard Richmond California
Country where built USA
Yard Number V546
Official Number 301360
Call Sign ANFX
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,607
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,563
Length 439.1 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62.1 Ft
Depth 34.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to one SC shaft
Engine Builder General Electric Co
Engine Builder Works Lynn MA
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding, echo sounding, submarine signalling equipment and gyro compass
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Electric welded construction

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 November 1944 Launched
December 1944 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 for the US Government as Salina Victory. Change of name to Polydorus and owner to NV Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Mij "Oceaan" 1946, change of name to Talthybius and owner to Ocean SS Co Ltd 1960. Taken to Kaohsiung for breaking by Nan Fong Steel Enterprise Co Ltd 4 December 1971

Tantalus (1943)

Tantalus (1943)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Bethlehem Fairfield Shpyard Inc
Shipyard Baltimore
Country where built USA
Yard Number 2,272
Official Number 169701
Call Sign MYNV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,219
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,380
Length 422.8 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 57 Ft
Depth 34.8 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 37", 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder General Machinery Corp
Engine Builder Works Hamilton OR
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 339 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radion direction-finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Part welded construction

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 November 1943 Launched
November 1943 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 Launched as John T. Clark and completed for the British Government as Samcleve. Change of name to Tantalus and owner to Ocean SS Co Ltd 1947, change of name to Urbania and owner to Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori 1958, change of name to Cocler and owner to Henry Coe & Clerici SpA 1965. Taken to Vado Ligure for breaking by Vado Scali e Bacini January 1975.

Tantalus (1945)

Tantalus (1945)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Permanante Metals Corp.
Shipyard Shipyard No. 1 Richmond California
Country where built USA
Yard Number V702
Official Number 301361
Call Sign ANVU
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,607
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,563
Length 439.1 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62.1 Ft
Depth 34.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to 1 SC shaft
Engine Builder Westinghouse Electrical & Manufacturing Co
Engine Builder Works Pittburgh PA
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding, echo sounding and submarine signalling system and gyro compass
  • Electric welded construction

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 April 1945 Launched
30 June 1945 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 for the US Government as MacMurray Victory. Change of name to Polyphemus and owner to A Holt & Co 1946, change of name to Tantalus 1960, change of name to Pelops and owner to Rethymnis Kulukundis 1969. Taken to Kaohsiung for breaking by Jui Fa Steel & Iron Works Co Ltd 1 January 1970


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