Court Line

Court Line


Court Line was a British shipping company that operated from 1905 to 1974. The company went bankrupt after diversification into airlines, holidays and other ventures.

This is a celebration of the Court Line ships and is dedicated to those who sailed in them - particularly those serving during two world wars. Court Line lost two ships during WW1 and no less than 21 during WW2 - one was even the victim of a new type of radio-controlled rocket bomb guided from an aeroplane.

I hope that reading the history of these ships will encourage you to share my deep respect for the sacrifices made the seamen of the Merchant Navy during times of war who have never been given the official recognition they deserve. Without the supplies brought by convoys and independent voyages, Britain would not have survived. During WW2, these men ran the gauntlet of lurking U-boat wolf-packs, and many ships and seamen were lost.

When I first published this material in 2009 there were no books written about Court Line, although Norman Middlemiss did devote a chapter to the company in one of his books - [4]. The material I have published here tries to fill the gap and is the result of several years research and input from the many people who are acknowledged on the Sources page. I am particularly grateful to my late friend Stan Mayes who inspired me to undertake this work, and for the information and photographs he provided about his trips on Dallington Court.

There is a page for each Court Line ship accessible from Ships Index on the menu, from where you can also provide feedback, view the visitors book, access search facilities and visit other sections of my website.

Brian Watson
11 February 2024

What's New?

  • 14 November 2020: Additional information about the loss of Lavington Court (1940).
  • 18 December 2020: Additional information and photos about Rossington Court.
  • 1 December 2022: Site rebuilt with php, style updated and various errors and loose ends rectified.
  • 18 January 2023: Improvements for access by mobile devices
  • 12 February 2023: Layout improved for table display and enhancement of most photos
  • 11 February 2024: Style changes

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