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Donaldson Line Ships (2)

Kastalia

Kastalia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 726
Official Number 141923
Call Sign SVVM
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,683
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,932
Length 384 Ft 9"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft
Depth 26 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27 1/2", 44" and 73" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Rankin 7amp; Blackmore Ltd
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 517 MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment
  • 1 deck. Cargo battens not fitted

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 August 1919 Launched
7 October 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 Sunk/foundered (Peacetime)
Service History Information Laid down for the British Government as War Carucul but completed for Donaldson Line Ltd. as Kastalia. Change of name to Tusker Rock and owner to Ogmore SS Co Ltd 1936, change of name to Armathia and owner to Yannaghas Bros & Co 1937, change of name to Captain Antonios K. and owner to Cia de Vapores Costa Rica SA 1952. She foundered on 1 March 1954 at an approximate position of 37° 05' N, 7° 53' E whilst en route from Newport to Taranto with a cargo of coal.

Lakonia

Lakonia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered N/K
Shipbuilder Bethlehem-Fairfield SY
Shipyard Baltimore
Country where built USA
Yard Number 2351
Official Number 169915
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,209
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,388
Length 423 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 57 Ft 1"
Depth 34 Ft 8"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 37" and 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp
Engine Builder Works Harrison N J
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

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

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 April 1944 Launched
April 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 British Government as Samtrusty. Change of name to Lakonia and owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1947, change of name to Sangaetano and owner to Cia de Nav Somerset SA 1961. Taken to Blyth 2 May 1972 for breaking by Hughes Bolckow Ltd.

Laurentia

Laurentia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Permanent Metals Corp
Shipyard Shipyard No. 1, Richmond, CA
Country where built USA
Yard Number V586
Official Number 180899
Call Sign ANOV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,607
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,563
Length 439 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62 Ft 1"
Depth 34 Ft 5"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder Westinghouse Elec & Mfg Co
Engine Builder Works Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type N/K
Power N/K
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 22 December 1944.
  • Ship design VC2-S-AP2
  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel. Part electric welded constuction
  • Fitted with radio direction finding, echo sounding and submarine signalling system.
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 February 1945 Launched
7 March 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 Medina Victory. Change of owner to British Government 1946, change of name to Laurentia, increased GRT to 8,349 and owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1947, change of owner to Donaldson Atlantic Lines Ltd 1949, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1954. Taken to Valencia 4 January 1967 for breaking by Aguilar y Peris.

Letitia

Letitia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Anchor-Donaldson Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 601
Official Number 148847
Call Sign GLBX
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 13,595
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 8,243
Length 525 Ft 7"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 66 Ft 4"
Depth 38 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 6 steam turbines DR geared to two shafts
Engine Builder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with refigeration machinery
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment.
  • Fitted with gyro compass.

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 October 1924 Launched
April 1925 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-Atlantic Line Ltd 1936, change of name to Empire Brent and owner to British Government 1946. Used as a troopship and emigrant carrier at the end of WW2, change of name to Captain Cook and chartered to the New Zealand Government as an emigrant carrier after an extensive refit by Barclay, Curle & Co 1952. Taken to Inverkeithing 29 April 1960 for breaking by T.W.Ward

Lismoria

Lismoria
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder California Shipbuilding Corp
Shipyard Terminal Island
Country where built USA
Yard Number V39
Official Number 180910
Call Sign ANIV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7.607
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,561
Length 439 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62 Ft 1"
Depth 34 Ft 5"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to one shaft
Engine Builder General Electric Co
Engine Builder Works Lynn Massachusetts
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 6 November 1944.
  • Ship design VC2-S-AP2
  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel.
  • Part electric welded.
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment.
  • Fitted with gyro compass.

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 December 1944 Launched
31 January 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 Taos Victory. Change of owner to British Government 1946, change of name to Lismoria and owner to Donaldson Atlantic Line ltd 1948, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1954, change of name to Neon and owner to Astroguardia Cia Naviera SA 1967. Taken to Kaohsiung 24 May 1967 for breaking by Nan Feng Steel Enterprises Co Ltd

Modavia

Modavia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Vickers Ltd
Shipyard Barrow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 626
Official Number 148922
Call Sign GMVZ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,858
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,859
Length 387 Ft
Overall Length 399 Ft 5"
Breadth or Beam 53 Ft 7"
Depth 27 Ft 5"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 8 cylinder 4S CSA oil engine with cylinders of bore 30" and stroke 45"
Engine Builder Vickers Ltd
Engine Builder Works Barrow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 699 NHP
Maximum Speed 11.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and shelter deck, 4th deck in Nos 2 and 3 holds
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with carbon anhydride refrigeration system by J. & E. Hall Ltd with 2 refrigeration units and 2 compressors.
  • Brine and Air refrigeration with insulation of cork and silicate cotton

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 September 1926 Launched
April 1927 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 8 storage areas totalling 166,770 cubic Feet.

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information She was torpedoed on 27 February 1943 by a German S-boat approximately 14 nautical miles from Berry Head on a bearing of 90 degrees whilst carrying a cargo of zinc and other material from Halifax to Southampton.

Norwegian

Norwegian
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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 Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 254
Official Number 145849
Call Sign GDMC
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 6,366
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,008
Length 400 Ft 2"
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", 3", 49" and 70" with stroke 51"
Engine Builder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Engine Builder Works Dundee
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 4 single-ended boilers operating at 215 pse
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 644MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

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

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 December 1920 Launched
August 1921 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 1934, change of owner to Donaldson Atlantic Line Ltd 1947, change of name to Maria Elaine and owner to Cia de Nav Almirante SA 1954. Taken to Osaka 30 December 1958 for breaking by Okadagumi & Co.

Parthenia

Parthenia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Kirkholm SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Russell & Co
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 686
Official Number 137847
Call Sign GQWV
Classification Society Lloyds Regiser
Gross Tonnage 4,872
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,085
Length 399 Ft 7"
Overall Length 416 Ft
Breadth or Beam 51 Ft 9"
Depth 26 Ft 9"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 26 7/8", 44" and 72" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 488 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and platform deck in No 2 hold
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 March 1917 Launched
June 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 Other
Service History Information Completed as Kirkholm for Kirkholm SS Co Ltd. Change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1918, change of name to Parthenia 1919. She sank on 29 November 1940 after a collision with Robert F. Hand 7 miles South-West of Sanda Light, Firth of Clyde. One person lost his life which is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial - details on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE. She was en route from Montreal to Glasgow with a general cargo.

Salacia

Salacia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dunedin SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Charles Connell & Company
Shipyard Scotstoun, Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 348
Official Number 129418
Call Sign JDRM
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,289
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,844
Length 410 Ft 5"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft 3"
Depth 28 Ft 6"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 26 1/2", 44" and 78" and stroke 51"
Engine Builder Dunsmuir & Jackson Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 536 NHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 September 1912 Launched
October 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 Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Completed for Dunedin SS Co Ltd as Dunachton, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1917, change of name to Salacia 1919, change of name to Sheng Yu and owner to Ding Yao Dung 1936, change of name to Salacia and owner to Townsend Bros (Sg) Ltd 1936, change of name to Zuisho Maru and owner to Kuribayashi Shosen KK 1938, change of owner to Kyodo Kaiun KK 1939.

As Japanese owned Zuisho Maru, she was intercepted whilst in convoy in the Makassar Strait by Gato Class submarine USS Ray (SS-271) on 6 August 1944 during her fifth war patrol. Ray also sank Janbi Maru, Koshu Maru, Nansie Maru and a passenger/cargo ship Taketoyo Maru.

Salacia

Salacia
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Donaldson Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 982g
Official Number 165910
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,495
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,286
Length 430 Ft 6"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 57 Ft 2"
Depth 28 Ft 1"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S CDA oil engine with 5 cylinders of bore 24 7/16" and stroke 55 1/2"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 1025 MN
Maximum Speed 14

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and shelter deck with 4th deck in Nos 2 and 3 holds and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment.
  • Fitted with gyro compass.
  • Fitted with carbon anhydride refrigeration system by J. & E. Hall with 2 refrigeration units and 2 compressors.
  • Air driven refrigeration with granulated cork insulation

Career Highlights

Date Event
11 March 1937 Launched
17 August 1937 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 6 cold storage areas with capacity 164,000 cubic feet

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Dalmuir 30 March 1960 for breaking by W..H. Arnott Young & Co.

Santona

Santona
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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. Ltd.
Shipyard Footdee Aberdeen
Country where built UK
Yard Number 877
Official Number 301396
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 1,769
Deadweight (DWT) 2530
Net Tonnage 756
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 Oil engine 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 2000 BHP
Maximum Speed 12.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 May 1959 Launched
31 July 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 Donaldson Line Holdings Ltd 1967, change of owner to Donaldson Line Ltd 1967, change of name to Maldive Trader and owner to Maldives Sg Ltd 1974. Wrecked at position 26° 48' N, 37° 43'30" E 9 January 1983. Taken to Gadani Beach for breaking by S.M. Sadik 2 April 1983


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