Reardon Smith Line Ships (2)

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Fresno City (1929) Fresno City (1970) Great City (1914)
Great City (1945) Homer City Houston City (1942)
Houston City (1963) Indian City Jersey City (1920)
Jersey City (1942)

Fresno City (1929)

Fresno City (1929)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Reardon Smith Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Pallion, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 597
Official Number 161613
Call Sign GBNT
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 4,995
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,004
Length 415.6 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 55 Ft.
Depth 24.5 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 23 5/8" and stroke 91 3/16"
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 687 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck, shelter deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 Oct 1929 Launched
Dec 1929 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 5 November 1940 by gunfire from German raider Admiral Scheer at position 51° 47' N, 33° 29' W. The raider attacked convoy HX 84 and also sunk the ships Maidan, Trewellard, Kenbane Head and Beaverford. Details of casualties can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Fresno City (1970)

Fresno City (1970)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Bulk Carrier
Original Owners and Managers Reardon Smith Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 844
Official Number 340162
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 16,639
Deadweight (DWT) 25874
Net Tonnage 11,553
Length 569 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 83 Ft.
Depth N/K
Draught 32 Ft.
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details B&W type oil engine
Engine Builder J G Kincaid & Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
3 Jul 1970 Launched
Dec 1970 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 Olmeca and owner to Andromeda Sg Pte Ltd 1982, change of owner to Transportacion Maritima Mexicana SA 1988, change of name to Singa Sailor and owner to Singa Swan Sg Corp 1988. Taken to Zhoushan for breaking 28 Jun 1994

Great City (1914)

Great City (1914)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Great City SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Ropner & Sons
Shipyard Stockton on Tees
Country where built UK
Yard Number 486
Official Number 135958
Call Sign JFGV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,523
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,341
Length 420 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.7 Ft.
Depth 26.4 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 28", 46", 75" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Blair & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Stockton
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 390 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck
  • Fitted with wireless

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 Feb 1914 Launched
Apr 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 owner to St. Just SS Co Ld 1917, change of owner to Reardon Smith Line Ltd 1928, change of name to Richmond Hill and owner to Richmond Hill SS Co Ltd 1937, change of name to Adamastos and owner to Adamos SS Co Ltd 1937, change of name to Dora Fritzen and owner to Wilhelm Kunstmann 1937, change of owner to Johs. Fritzen & Sohn vorm W.Kunstmann 1938. The ship was sunk by Royal Navy torpedo boats at N. Askevold, Stavjord 6 Jan 1945.

Great City (1945)

Great City (1945)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 722
Official Number 180150
Call Sign GBYS
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,381
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,993
Length 431 Ft
Overall Length 444,8 Ft
Breadth or Beam 56.5 Ft
Depth 35.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 3 cylinders of bore 23 5/8" and stroke 91 5/16"
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 516 MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

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

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 Oct 1944 Launched
Feb 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 British Government as Empire Tavoy. Change of name to Empire City and owner to Leeds Sg Co Ltd 1946, change of name to Shipwind and owner to Taiship Co Ltd 1964, change of name to Wing Kwong and owner to Sourther Sg & Enterprises Co Ltd 1968, change of owner to Poon Shun-Po 1969. Taken to Shaighai for breaking 15 Jan 1975.

Homer City

Homer City
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff Ltd
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1234
Official Number 168532
Call Sign GBWS
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,988
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,821
Length 432.9 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.3 Ft
Depth 34.3 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details B&W type 4SCSA oil engine with 6 cylinders of bore 29 1/8" and stroke 59 1/16"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 12.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Ship design type X
  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 Jan 1944 Launched
30 May 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 Rangoon. Change of name to Homer City and owner to Reardon Smith Line Ltd 1947, change of name to Grosvenor Mariner and owner to Grosvenor Sg Co Ltd 1960, change of name to Red Sea and owner to Tat On Sg & Enterprises Co Ltd 1966. The vessel was wrecked in a typhoon on NE Lantao Island Hong Kong on 17 Aug 1971 and taken to Hong Kong Sep 1971 for breaking by Yau Wing Metal Co.

Houston City (1942)

Houston City (1942)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Reardon Smith Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 691
Official Number 165864
Call Sign BFBG
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,262
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,019
Length 428.8 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.5 Ft
Depth 35.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 3 cylinders of bore 23 3/8" and stroke 91 5/16"
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 May 1942 Launched
Aug 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 Change of name to Castle Peak and owner to Anglo-Chinese Sg Co Ltd 1960, change of name to Sandys River and owner to River Line Ltd 1961, change of name to Juliana and owner to Holly Nav Co SA 1967, change of name to Prominent Star 1968, change of name to Goodwin and owner to Clara Sg Corp SA 1968. Taken to Hong Kong 15 Oct 1968 for breaking by Mollers.

Houston City (1963)

Houston City (1963)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Leeds Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Pallion Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 854
Official Number 187276
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 10,089
Deadweight (DWT) 15130
Net Tonnage 5,691
Length 499 Ft 8"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 67 Ft 4"
Depth 40 Ft 8"
Draught 30 Ft 7"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 670mm and stroke 2,100mm
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons (Engineers)
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 6,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 Jul 1962 Launched
Jan 1963 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 Maria Elisa and owner to Wm Brandts (Fourth Leasing) Ltd 1972, change of owner to Venus Ltd 1977, change of name to Alpac Africa and owner to Hi Star Sg Co Ltd 1980.

Indian City

Indian City
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Reardon Smith Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Bartram & Sons
Shipyard South Dock, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 299
Official Number 165867
Call Sign GCMK
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,079
Deadweight (DWT) 10319
Net Tonnage 4,890
Length 431 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.3 Ft
Depth 35.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 39", 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder North East Marine Engineering Co (1938) Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 Jan 1944 Launched
Mar 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 Change of name to Gruz and owner to Atlantska Plovidba 1957, change of name to Diamando and owner to Aurora Borealis Sg Co Ltd 1969. Taken to Gebze 25 Apr 1972 for breaking by Mehmet Colakoglu

Jersey City (1920)

Jersey City (1920)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers St.Just SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd
Shipyard North Sands Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 529
Official Number 140861
Call Sign GDRM
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6m322
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,937
Length 411.8 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 55 Ft
Depth 33.6 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 28", 46", 75" and stroke 51"
Engine Builder Blair & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Stockton on Tees
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 402 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
4 Mar 1920 Launched
Jun 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 Reardon Smith Line Ltd 1929. She was sunk on 31 July 1940 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-99 at approximate position 55° 47' N, 09° 18' W. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill Website HERE.

Jersey City (1942)

Jersey City (1942)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Reardon Smith Line Ltd
Country First Registered Uk
Shipbuilder Bartram & Sons
Shipyard South Dock Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 291
Official Number 165863
Call Sign BDYM
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,686
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,791
Length 416.8 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.6 Ft
Depth 34 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24", 39", 68" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder North Eastern Marine Engineering Co (1938) Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 Apr 1942 Launched
Jul 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 Change of name to Jacqueline and ownher to Lino SS Co A/B 1955, change of owner to A/B Billingsfors-Langed 1955, change of name to Kopalnia Szombierki and owner to Polish SS Co 1959. Hulked 1964. Taken to Faslane 11 Sep 1978 for breaking by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd.

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