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Brocklebank Line Ships (3)

Malakand (1918)

Malakand (1918)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 705
Official Number 140608
Call Sign GSCV
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,649
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,635
Length 470.4 Ft
Overall Length 489.5 Ft
Breadth or Beam 58.2 Ft
Depth 32.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 17.5", 28", 80" and stroke 54"
Engine Builder Dunsmuir & Jackson Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 778 nhp
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and 3rd deck in No. 1 hold.
  • Cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 November 1918 Launched
March 1919 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 Other
Service History Information The vessel was in Huskisson Dock Liverpool and loaded with munitions during an air raid on 3 May 1941. A fire in the dock sheds spread and the ship caught fire. Attempts to put the fire out failed and she blew up on 4 May 1941 destroying Huskisson No. 2 dock. Although the Malakand explosion is often attributed to a burning barrage balloon, the fire the balloon started was put out before it could affect the ship. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Malakand (1942)

Malakand (1942)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Hamilton & Co.
Shipyard Glen yard
Country where built UK
Yard Number 455
Official Number 168847
Call Sign BFBF
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 8,030
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,748
Length 475.7 Ft
Overall Length 494.5 Ft
Breadth or Beam 62.7 Ft
Depth 32.3 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines SR geared to a single drive shaft
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 250 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 1,065 MN
Maximum Speed 14.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks with 3rd deck in No. 1 hold
  • Cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
9 September 1942 Launched
December 1942 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 Taken to Kaohsiung for breaking 12 December 1966.

Malakuta

Malakuta
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Charles Connell & Company
Shipyard Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 360
Official Number 137397
Call Sign JZZL
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,210
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,519
Length 470.2 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 58 Ft
Depth 32.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 26.5", 45", 75" and stroke 54"
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 steel decks and 3rd deck in No. 1 hold.
  • Fitted for oil fuel

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 June 1914 Launched
September 1914 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 Change of name to Sheng Ho and owner to Fan Shien Ho 1935, change of name to Malakuta and owner to Townsend Bros (Sg) Ltd 1935, change of name to Seiwa Maru and owner to Okada Gumi KK 1938. Sunk by bombing by the US Navy on 13 November 1944 at position 14° 35" N 120° 55" E.

Malancha (1917)

Malancha (1917)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Russell & Co
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 709
Official Number 140567
Call Sign JSQD
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 10,926
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,284
Length 518 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63.7 Ft
Depth 35.4 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 28", 40", 57", 82" and stroke 57"
Engine Builder David Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 double-ended and 1 auxiliary boiler operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 888 nhp
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and 3rd deck in No. 1 hold
  • Cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with electric lighting and wireless

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 December 1917 Launched
March 1918 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 Taken to Osaka for breaking 29 October 1932

Malancha (1960)

Malancha (1960)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Cunard SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Hamilton & Co.
Shipyard Glen yard
Country where built UK
Yard Number 522
Official Number 301359
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 6,658
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,362
Length 490.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63.3 Ft
Depth 26.7 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details Two Pametrada type steam turbines DR geared to a single drive shaft
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 10,000
Maximum Speed 17.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 May 1960 Launched
September 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 Unknown
Service History Information Completed for Cunard as Alaunia. Change of name to Malancha 1969, change of name to Humi Hasita and owner to Soja Sg (Liberia) Inc 1971, change of name to Yungming and owner to Ocean Tramping Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Hong Qi 108 and owner to the Chinese Government 1975. Deleted from registers in 1993 but exact fate not known.

Mandagala

Mandagala
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard
Shipyard Baltimore
Country where built USA
Yard Number 2455
Official Number 180922
Call Sign ANMS
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,606
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,551
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 a single drive shaft
Engine Builder Westinghouse Elec & Manfg Co
Engine Builder Works Pittsburgh
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 20 January 1945. Ship design VC2-S-AP2
  • 3 decks and cruiser stern. Fitted for oil fuel.
  • Electric welded construction.
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo-sounding equipment.
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 March 1945 Launched
7 April 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 Stamford Victory. Change of owner to British Government 1946, change of name to British Prince and owner to Rio Cape Line Ltd 1948, change of owner to Furness, Withy & Co Ltd 1954, change of name to Mandagala 1957. In 1957 the vessel appears to have been owned by Prince Line but chartered by Brocklebank (hence its presence on this page). Change of name to Orient Trader and owner to Orient Mid-East Great Lakes Service Inc 1960. Caught fire at Toronto 21 July 1965 and taken to Valencia 11 July 1966 for breaking by Aguilar y Peris.

Mandasor (1919)

Mandasor (1919)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Hamilton & Co.
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 372
Official Number 143614
Call Sign GCXB
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,144
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,149
Length 400.1 Ft
Overall Length 412 Ft
Breadth or Beam 52.3 Ft
Depth 28.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 44", 73" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder David Rowan & Co.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 517 nhp
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment
  • 2 steel decks

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 December 1919 Launched
13 March 1920 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 Keel laid down as War Gorse in 1919 but launched as War Genista. Change of name to Mandasor and owner to Brocklebank 1920. She was sunk on 24 January 1941 by aircraft bombing at position 06° 23" S 61° 40" E. Twenty of the survivors were injured. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Mandasor (1944)

Mandasor (1944)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co. Ltd.
Shipyard West Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1165
Official Number 180075
Call Sign GBNY
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,071
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,829
Length 431.5 Ft
Overall Length 446.3 Ft
Breadth or Beam 56.2 Ft
Depth 35.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24.5", 39", 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Duncan Stewart & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 510 nhp
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipement

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 June 1944 Launched
August 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 British Government as Empire Malacca. Change of name to Mandasor and owner to T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd 1946, change of name to Fotini Tsavliris and owner to Pancristo Sg Co SA 1961, change of name to Free Trader 1962, change of owner to Kantara Sg Ltd 1965, change of owner to Free Trader Sg Ltd 1969, change of owner to Claire Sg Ltd 1971. Taken to Derince 1 May 1972 for breaking by Kroman Celik Sanayii.

Mangalore

Mangalore
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Charles Connell & Company
Shipyard Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 376
Official Number 143638
Call Sign GCXP
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 9,751
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,034
Length 518 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63.9 Ft
Depth 35.6 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to a single drive shaft
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended and 2 single-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 1,147 nhp
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and 3rd deck in No. 1 hold
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 January 1920 Launched
June 1920 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 Shortened in 1935. Sunk after striking a mine on 24 November 1939 approximately 1.5 miles from Spurn lighthouse on a bearing of 288°. She was en route from Calcutta to Hull with a cargo of manganese ore, gunnies and general cargo. It is believed that mines had been laid by a German aircraft ween in the area around 20 November. Mangalore was preparing to join a convoy and her anchor detonated a mine. The crew were rescued by pilot cutter W. Massey and the launch Ferryman. There were minor injuries to some of the Asian crew.

Note: I have been unable to work out the meaning of 'gunnies' being part of the cargo. This was taken from the entry on the Miramar Ship Index but I don't know the original source. It could be a typo somewhere along the line. There is an Australian RAAF usage referring to armourers or aircraft technicians that load or maintain aircraft ordinance but this seems unlikely. There is also a US usage meaning coarse sacking made of jute fibre.

Mangla

Mangla
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers T.& J.Brocklebank Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Hamilton & Co.
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 517
Official Number 301291
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 8,601
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,112
Length 497 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63.5 Ft
Depth 20.6 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details Two steam turbines DR geared to single screw shaft
Engine Builder David Rowan & Co.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 8,000 shp
Maximum Speed 16

Career Highlights

Date Event
11 November 1958 Launched
February 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 Change of owner to Cunard SS Co Ltd 1968, change of name to Eurypylus and owner to Cia Maritima San Basilio SA 1972, change of owner to Ta Chi Nav (Panama) Corp SA 1974. Whilst en route from Hong Kong to Philadelphia, the vessel was heavily damaged on 10 November 1975 by an explosion and fire in the engine room off the coast of Baya California about 750 miles south of Los Angeles. Four men died in the explosion and the ship was abandoned after a 12 hour attempt to control the fire. Of the 34 survivors, four had serious burns. The vessel was towed to Los Angeles still ablaze. After being declared a constructive total loss she was taken to Kaohsiung on 4 April 1976 for breaking by Nan Yang Steel & Iron Co.


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