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Moor Line

History

Walter Runciman, was born in 1847 and during his long career was made a baronet in 1906 and 1933 was raised to the peerage as the first Baron Runciman of Shoreston. Rather confusingly his son, also Walter Runciman was a prominent Liberal Member of Parliament was also raised to the peerage in 1937 as Viscount Runciman of Doxford. A few months the elder Lord Runciman died and Viscount Runciman inherited his shipping business.

Runciman bought his first ship in 1885 and formed the South Shields Steam Shipping Co Ltd in 1889. As business expanded the company head office moved to Newcastle upon Tyne. They had 20 steamers by the time he changed the name of the company to Moor Line Ltd in April 1897.

By the beginning of WW1, the Runciman group (including Moor Line) had 40 vessels but lost 21 to enemy action. Runciman was astute enough to foresee a slump in business and in 1919, at the age of 72 sold his shipping interests, including 13 ships, to Western Counties Shipping Co Ltd for £1,800,000. He kept his office staff together however, managing a small shipping company. In 1920 he formed a new Moor Line Ltd and in 1922 when Western Counties collapsed he bought 8 of his ships for £175,000!

In 1935, at the age of 88 he bought Anchor Line out of liquidation. (See the notes on Anchor Line for the history of that company’s acquisition, disposal and re-acquisition)

When WW2 broke out the Runciman part of the group (excluding Anchor) owned 17 ships.

In 1968, Moor Line Ltd changed its name to Walter Runciman & Co Ltd and transferred the ownership of the entire fleet to Anchor Line Ship Management Ltd, a newly created company.

Ships

Cragmoor

Cragmoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd, Managers Walter Runciman & Co. Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 741
Official Number 181624
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,237
Deadweight (DWT) 9093
Net Tonnage 2,909
Length 444 Ft 7"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft 6"
Depth N/K
Draught 25 Ft 10"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 2SA 4 cylinder oil engine with cylinders of bore 600mm and stroke 2,320mm
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 12.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 December 1946 Launched
May 1947 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 Wrecked
Service History Information Change of name to Ratna Shobhana and owner to Ratnakar Sg Co Ltd 1962. The vessel was wrecked off Muna Khali, 8 miles off Garden Reach, Calcutta on 5 June 1966 as a result of a steering gear failure whilst en route from Rangoon to Calcutta with a cargo of bagged rice.

Eastmoor

Eastmoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Shipyard Howdon
Country where built UK
Yard Number 260
Official Number 146582
Call Sign GJMT
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,812
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,667
Length 399 Ft 8"
Overall Length 414 Ft 5"
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft 9"
Depth 32 Ft 8"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 45", 75" and stroke 51"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 569 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
30 March 1922 Launched
June 1922 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 The vessel was sunk on 31 March 1942 by German submarine U-71 at approximate position 37° 33' N, 68° 18' W whilst en route from Savannah to the UK with a general cargo. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill Memorial website HERE.

Hazelmoor

Hazelmoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd
Shipyard Hebburn
Country where built UK
Yard Number 715
Official Number 186036
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,572
Deadweight (DWT) 9540
Net Tonnage 2,815
Length 449 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 58 Ft 2"
Depth 25 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA, Doxford type, with 4 cylinders of bore 600mm and stroke 2320mm
Engine Builder R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Hebburn
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 12.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 September 1953 Launched
March 1954 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 Anchor Line Ltd 1968, change of name to Freddie I and owner to Hesperus Nav Corp 1978. Taken to Gadani Beach for breaking by Zulfiqar Metals Ltd - beached 6 October 1978.

Kelsomoor

Kelsomoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder J Blumer & Co
Shipyard Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 221
Official Number 135316
Call Sign GPWV
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 3,174
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 1,962
Length 331 Ft 2"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 47 Ft 7"
Depth 22 Ft 5"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24", 39", 65" and stroke 42"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 291 NHP
Maximum Speed 9

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 steel deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
13 December 1913 Launched
January 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 Other
Service History Information Change of name to Kelsomead and owner to Western Counties Sg Co Ltd 1920, change of name to Kelsomoor and owner to Moor Line Ltd 1922, change of name to Hai Yu and owner to Yih Zeu Fong & Sung Weh Kuei 1937, change of name to Gemlock and owner to G.E. Marden 1938, change of owner to British Government 1945. The vessel was scuttled on 11 July 1946 with a cargo of defective munitions at approximate position 31° 44' N, 30° 25' E - about 45 North-East of Alexandria.

Kirriemoor

Kirriemoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Lord Runciman Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 614
Official Number 164461
Call Sign GYJW
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,970
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,032
Length 412 Ft 2"
Overall Length 428 Ft 1"
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 2"
Depth 26 Ft 1"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 3 cylinders of bore 20 1/2" and stroke 81 7/8"
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 388 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck
  • Cruiser stern

Career Highlights

Date Event
4 April 1935 Launched
May 1935 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 Wrecked
Service History Information Change of owner to Runciman Sg Co Ltd 1938, change of owner to Walter Runciman & Co Ltd 1947, change of owner to Moor Line Ltd 1950, change of name to Transic and owner to Rederi A/B Nordic 1955, change of name to Kalliopi D. Lemos and owner to Valviosa Cia Naviera SA 1961, change of name to E. Myrtidiotissa 1965. The vessel was wrecked on 1 October 1965 at position 64° 41' 12" N, 39° 47' E whilst en route from Cardiff to Archangel in ballast.

Northmoor

Northmoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 590
Official Number 160612
Call Sign GSRC
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,392
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,649
Length 375 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft 6"
Depth 25 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 3 cylinders of bore 21 1/4" and stroke 85"
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 417 NHP
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck
  • Cruiser stern

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 October 1928 Launched
November 1928d 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 The vessel was sunk on 17 May 1943 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-198 at position 28° 27' S, 32° 43' E. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill Memorial website HERE. She had been en route from Lourenco Marques to Buenos Aires with a cargo of coal.

Orangemoor

Orangemoor
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Moor Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Shipyard Howdon
Country where built UK
Yard Number 282
Official Number 147441
Call Sign GJST
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,775
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,657
Length 399 Ft 6"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 53 Ft
Depth 32 Ft 8"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 45", 75" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 508 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 February 1923 Launched
March 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 The vessel was sunk on 31 May 1940 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-101 at position 49° 43' N, 03° 23' W. She was en route from Bona to the Tyne with a cargo of 8,150 tons of iron ore. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill Website HERE. Note that the panel on the Tower Hill memorial incorrectly records the name of the ship as Orange Moor.


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