Court Line

Court Line

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This is a celbration of Court Line ships and is dedicated to those who sailed in them - particularly during the dark days of World War 2. 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 every Court Line ship that can be accessed from the Content tab on the menu from where you can also provide feedback, view the visitors book and access search facilities.

Brian Watson
18 December 2020

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

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