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Donaldson Line Ships (1)

Athenia

Athenia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Anchor-Donaldson Ltd. Donaldson Bros. Ltd.
Managers
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 596
Official Number 146330
Call Sign GFDM
Classification Society Lloyd's Registry
Gross Tonnage 13,581
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 8,118
Length 526.3 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 66.4 Ft
Depth 38.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 6 steam turbines DR geared to 2 drive shafts
Engine Builder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 8,700 ihp
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Equipped with refigeration machinery
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 January 1922 Launched
April 1923 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 315 at time of loss
Passengers (1927) 314 cabin class, 310 tourist class, 928 3rd class
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Sunk by torpedo fired by German submarine U-30 on 3 September 1939. A history of this vessel can be found on the Benjidog Ship Histories website HERE and details of her loss can be found on the Benjidog Athenia website HERE.

Colina

Colina
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Hall, Russell & Co
Shipyard Aberdeen
Country where built UK
Yard Number 878
Official Number 301410
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 1,776
Deadweight (DWT) 2380
Net Tonnage 475
Length 294 Ft 6"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 44 Ft 11"
Depth 17 Ft 11"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA with 5 cylinders of bore 500mm and stroke 700mm
Engine Builder British Polar Engines Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 2,000 bhp
Maximum Speed 12.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 1966 lengthened to 108.3/100.8m, 2222 GRT/3491 DWT

Career Highlights

Date Event
1 February 1960 Launched
April 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 Change of name to Andrew C Crosbie and owner to Chimo Shipping Ltd 1967, chang of name to Aktian and owner to Carrick Marine Enterprises Corp 1977, change of owner to Empresa de Nav 1983. Taken to Bahia for breaking by Honda December 1987

Concordia

Concordia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Vale Steamship Co.Ltd., Barr, Crombie & Co. Managers
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co
Shipyard Greenock Cartsdyke Mid
Country where built UK
Yard Number 369
Official Number 137830
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,388
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,481
Length 410 Ft 2"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 53 Ft 5"
Depth 28 Ft 4"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 44", 73" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder J. G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 485 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 November 1916 Launched
January 1917 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 (Peacetime)
Service History Information Completed for Vale Steamship Co. Ltd as Gretavale. Change of owner to Donaldson Bros Ltd, 1917, change of name to Concordia 1919. She sank at approximate position 43° 11' N, 59° 11' W after colliding with Black Eagle approximately 40 miles SE of Sable Island. She was en route from St. Johns New Brunswick to the Clyde with a cargo of grain and cattle.

Coracero

Coracero
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Coracero SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Port Glasgow, Kingston SB Yard
Country where built UK
Yard Number 732
Official Number 147852
Call Sign GJSZ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 7,252
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,533
Length 423 Ft 6"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft
Depth 36.7 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 46" and 77" and stroke 51".
Engine Builder J. G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 831 NHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 steel decks and shelter deck with 3rd deck in fore holds and platform deck in No 1 hold
  • Fitted with refrigeration machinery
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with turbine on exhaust at a later date

Career Highlights

Date Event
8 March 1923` Launched
May 1923 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 owner to Donaldson South American Line Ltd 1927, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1940. She was sunk on 17 March 1943 by a torpedo probably fired by German submarine U-384 at position 51° 04' N 33° 20' W. Those that lost their lives are commemorated on the Tower Hill memorial and details can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Corrientes

Corrientes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson South American Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Short Brothers Ltd.
Shipyard Pallion Yard, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 397
Official Number 144218
Call Sign GDMP
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 6,863
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,233
Length 419 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 8"
Depth 35 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 3 steam turbines DR geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder Parsons Maritime Steam Turbine Co
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 4 single-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 756 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 steel decks and shelter deck with 3rd deck in foreholds and patform deck in No 4 hold
  • Fitted with refrigeration equipment
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo-sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 January 1920 Launched
July 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 Change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1940. She was torpedoed and damaged by German submarine U-32 on 26 September 1940 about 600 miles west of Achill Head, Co. Mayo. The crew abandoned ship but she remained afloat but was later sunk by torpedo and gunfire from U-37 at position 53° 49'N, 24° 19'W. She was en route from Glasgow to Montreal carrying a general cargo and 1,800 tons of bricks. All of the crew survived.

Cordillera

Cordillera
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson South American Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Short Brothers Ltd.
Shipyard Pallion Yard Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 398
Official Number 144239
Call Sign GDRK
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 6,865
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,248
Length 419 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 8"
Depth 27 Ft 9"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 3 steam turbines DR geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 862 MN
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 steel decks and shelter deck with 3rd deck in foreholds and platform deck in Nos 4 and 5 holds
  • Fitted with refrigeration equipment
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted for oil fuel

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 April 1920 Launched
October 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 Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1941, change of owner to Donaldson Atlantic Line Ltd 1947, change of name to Bransfield and owner to Hector Whaling Ltd 1948. Taken to Hamburg 19 July 1958 for breaking by Eckhardt & Co.

Corinaldo

Corinaldo
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson South American Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 482
Official Number 144248
Call Sign GFDJ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,131
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,417
Length 419 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 8"
Depth 27 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 3 steam turbines DR geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder North Eastern Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 810 NHP
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted with 2 refrigeration units and 2 compressors using the Carbon Anhydride system and built by J. & E. Hall Ltd.
  • Refrigeration system using brine and with insultation of granulated cork and silicate cotton.
  • 2 decks and shelter deck with 3rd deck in forward holds and platform deck in No 1 hold
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 August 1920 Launched
February 1921 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 25 refrigeration compartments with capacity 396, 474 cubic feet

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1941. She was hit on 29 October 1942 by a torpedo from German submarine U-509 at position 33° 20' N, 18° 12' W. She was attacked by gunfire on 30 October by U-659 and finally sunk by gunfire from U-203. Details of the casualties can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Dorelian

Dorelian
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Frederick Leyland & Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder D & W Henderson & Co.
Shipyard Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 627m
Official Number 147212
Call Sign GJTL
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 6,431
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,069
Length 400 Ft 4"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft 4"
Depth 35 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 23 1/2", 34", 49" and 70" with stroke 51"
Engine Builder D & W Henderson & Co.
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 215 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 626MN
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and shelter deck
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 April 1923 Launched
15 May 1923 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 Charente SS Co Ltd 1933, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1936. Taken to Dalmuir February 1954 for breaking by W. Arnott Young & Co

Gracia

Gracia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Kingston SB Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 977
Official Number 168992
Call Sign BFDY
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,022
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,908
Length 432 Ft 7"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft 2"
Depth 34 Ft 2"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 39" and 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder J.G. Kincaid
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers adnd 1 auxiliary boiler operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 558 MN
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Ammonia refrigeration by J & E Hall with 2 refrigeration units and 4 compressors
  • Insulated with air, slag wool and slab cork with fibreboard facing
Gracia

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 December 1942 Launched
March 1943 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 4 refrigeration compartments with capacity 229,900 cubic feet

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for the British Government as Empire Treasure. Change of name to Gracia and owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1946, change of name to Oregon Star and owner to Blue Star Line Ltd 1954, change of name to Inchleana and owner to Williamson & Co Ltd 1955, change of name to Tetulia and owner to National Sg Corp 1966. Taken to Chittagong 18 September 1969 for breaking by Mohamadi Iron Traders.

Gregalia

Gregalia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Kingston SB Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 824
Official Number 160261
Call Sign GTFK
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,802
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,580
Length 425 Ft
Overall Length 439 Ft
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft
Depth 28 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 25 1/2", 36 1/2", 52 1/2" and 75" with stroke 51"
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 4 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 708NHP
Maximum Speed 12.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and shelter deck with 4th deck in Hos 1,2 and 3 holds
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with carbon anhydride refrigeration system by J. & E. Hall with 2 refrigeration units and 2 compressors
  • Insulation operating with brine and air with insulation of granulated cork and silicate cotton

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 May 1929 Launched
July 1929 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 7 storage areas of capacity 144,628 cubic feet

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information She was sunk by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-201 on 9 May 1941 at position 60° 24' N, 32° 37' W on 9.5.41 whilst en route from Glasgow to Buenos Aries in ballast.


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