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The Fleets

William Reardon Smith & Sons

Captain William Reardon Smith entered shipowning in 1905 in Cardiff in partnership with his son William. By 1914 he owned nine ships, but five were lost during the Great War. The fleet was quickly rebuilt after 1918 and became the largest Cardiff shipping company and traded worldwide.
In 1928 a new liner service was started from the U.K to the west coast of the U.S.A and Canada. Many ships were laid up for long periods during the trade depression of the 1930s. Sir William Reardon Smith died in 1935 and was succeeded by his sons William as chairman and Douglas as vice chairman. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the company owned 24 ships but lost 23 during the war with the deaths of 387 crew members.
In 1964 Smith's entered the bulk carrier trade, but by 1984 falling freight rates made the company uneconomic and it ceased trading in 1985.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alness 1920 1933 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co., Alexandria renamed Star of Ramleh, 1940 owned by MOWT, London renamed Empire Lotus, 12th Apr. 1942 sank in heavy weather in Atlantic. 3,683
Anglo-African   see New Westminster City (2).  
Anglo-Indian   see Tacoma City (2).  
Atlantic City (1) 1912 1920 renamed Bradburn, 1929 sold to Griffiths, Payne & Co., Cardiff renamed Brynmel, 1935 sold Greece renamed Maria L, 4th Nov. 1950 wrecked near Cabo Villano. 4,707
Atlantic City (2) 1920 1936 sold to Brynmor SS Co., Cardiff renamed Penybryn,, 1937 sold Japan renamed Matsuyama Maru, 1940 renamed Hiyama Maru, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by USS SEADRAGON. 6,236
Atlantic City (3) 1941 1962 sold to Lebanon renamed Achillet, 1971 sank in heavy weather, NW of Walvis Bay. 5,133
Atlantic City (4) 1967 1976 sold Liberia renamed Atlantic, 1979 sold Greece renamed Olmeca, 1980 sold Liberia renamed Orient Coral, 1985 scrapped. 27,029
Australian City 1964 1969 renamed Wilkawa, 1974 renamed Chikuma, 1974 sold to Italy, 1976 renamed Marina, 1984 renamed Miranda, 1986 scrapped. 18,461
Barrdale 1925 1941 purchased from Barr, Crombie & Co., Glasgow, 17th May 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.156 in 15.15N 52.27W. 5,072
Barrgrove 1918 ex- War Anemone, ex- Stromboli (N.G.I.), 1941 purchased from Barr, Crombie & Co., Glasgow, 1947 sold Panama renamed Garoufalia, 1951 wrecked in fog on China coast. 5,222
Barrwhin 1929 1941 purchased from Barr, Crombie & Co., Glasgow, 29th Oct. 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.436 in 55.02N 22.45W. 4,998
Berengar 1911 war reparations from Roland Line, Bremen, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller, 1923 renamed General Botha, 1927 sold to North German Lloyd renamed Berengar, 1937 renamed Petropolis for Hamburg South America Line, 1945 bombed and damaged at Hamburg and 1946 scrapped. 4,849
Bradavon 1918 ex- War Vulture, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Bradavon, 1933 sold Japan renamed Shinkyo Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS Picuda. 5,204
Bradboyne 1918 ex- War Panther, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Bradboyne, 6th Feb. 1920 abandoned in heavy weather in Atlantic after grain cargo shifted. 5,186
Bradburn (1)   see Atlantic City (1).  
Bradburn (2) 1930 1952 sold to Japan renamed Kaiyo Maru, 1967 scrapped. 4,736
Bradclyde 1918 ex- War Castle, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Bradclyde, 1934 sold to F. Dawson Ltd, Newcastle renamed Alma Dawson, 1935 to Avon SS Co., Bristol renamed Avon Bridge, 1937 sold Greece renamed Lyras, 1950 renamed Aeolus, 1953 scrapped. 5,685
Braddovey 1927 1938 sold to Turkey renamed Krom, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by Greek submarine Nereus. 3,359
Bradesk 1927 1936 sold to Finland renamed Nagu, 1946 to USSR renamed Petrozavodsk, 1970 deleted from registers. 3,353
Bradford City (1) 1910 1915 requisitioned by Admiralty and operated as Q-Ship under names Ballistan and Saros. 16th Aug. 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.28 in Straits of Messina. 3,683
Bradford City (2) 1919 1929 sold to Cie.Chargeurs Reunis, Havre renamed Fort Medine, 1940 seized by MOWT managed by Reardon Smith, 20th Feb. 1941 mined and sunk. 5,261
Bradford City (3) 1936 1st Nov. 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.68 in 22.59S 09.49E. 4,953
Bradford City (4) 1943 1962 sold to Vergocean SS Co., London renamed Vercharmian, 1968 sold Hong Kong renamed Shun Wah, 1972 scrapped. 7,266
Bradfyne 1928 23rd Nov. 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.100 in 55.04N 12.15W. 4,740
Bradglen 1930 19th Sep. 1941 mined and sunk off Harwich. 4,741
Buchanness (1) 1909 1919 purchased from Letricheux & David, Swansea, 13th Apr. 1924 wrecked East Burhou Island. 4,363
Buchanness (2) 1924 1931 renamed Imperial Valley, 1948 sold to Memphis Shipping Co., London renamed Memphis Town, 1951 sold to Greece renamed Marinella, 1959 scrapped. 4,573
Cardiff City (1) 1962 1972 sold W. Brandts renamed Sara Lupe, 1980 sold Hong Kong renamed Alpac Asia, 1985 renamed Alpac Ocean, 1986 scrapped. 10,335
Cardiff City (2) 1975 ex- Jade City, 1975 purchased from Liberia renamed Cardiff City, 1983 sold Singapore renamed Eastern Valley, 1985 sold Philippines renamed East Express, 1987 sold Cyprus renamed Glykofiloussa, 1988 sold Liberia renamed Singa Wilstream, 1991 sold Malta renamed Lassia, 2001 scrapped. 17,203
Chikuma   see Australian City.  
City of Cardiff 1906 12th Mar. 1912 wrecked off Lands End. 3,089
Cloughton   see Orient City (1).  
Coniston Water 1908 1917 purchased from Macfarlane & Lander, Cardiff, 21st Jul. 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.87 70 miles NxW from Butt of Lewis. 3,738
Cornish City (1) 1906 ex- Charlton, 1912 purchased from W & E. S. Lamplough, London renamed Cornish City, 21st Sep. 1914 captured by German cruiser KARLSRUHE and scuttled in South Atlantic. 3,816
Cornish City (2) 1919 1929 sold to Cie.Chargeurs Reunis, Havre renamed Fort Binger, 1940 seized by MOWT managed by Reardon Smith, 1944 returned to owners, 1950 scrapped. 5,269
Cornish City (3) 1937 29th Jul. 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.177 in 27.20S 52.10E. 4,952
Cornish City (4) 1943 ex- Empire Cheer, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Cornish City, 1963 scrapped after engine room fire at Aden. 7,297
Cornish City (5) 1969 1977 sold Panama renamed Neptune Star, 1991 sold Malta renamed Neptune Star I, 1992 sold Vietnam renamed Long Khanh, 1997 scrapped. 10,799
Cragness (1) 1906 ex- Schwaben (North German Lloyd), war reparations, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Cragness, 1923 renamed Oakwin, 30th Jun.1924 wrecked Barracouta Point - 15.29S 40.38E. 5,102
Cragness (2) 1924 1931 renamed Queen City, 21st Dec. 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli in 00.49S 41.34W. 4,809
Daleham   see Leeds City (2).  
Dallas City (1) 1936 4th Jul. 1940 sunk by German air attack in 50.09N 02.01W. 4,952
Dallas City (2) 1944 1956 sold to South African Gov't renamed Hangklip, 1966 sold to Grecian Shipping Co., Capetown renamed Jeannie K, 1967 scrapped. 7,079
Devon City (1) 1913 1928 sold to Greece renamed Kostanti, 1933 on fire and beached Brazil. 4,316
Devon City (2) 1933 1958 sold Liberia renamed Cinderella, 1965 renamed Oinoussai, 1967 wrecked near Orange River in 28.30S 16.23E. 4,928
Devon City (3) 1960 1972 sold Cyprus renamed Executive Venture, 1974 sold Singapore renamed Tong Beng, 1978 renamed Penta Y, 1986 scrapped. 10,300
Devon City (4) 1975 1983 sold Singapore renamed Western Valley, 1985 sold Philippines renamed Western Express, 1987 sold Malta renamed Seaexpress, 1988 sold Norway renamed Ragnhild, 1989 sold Norway renamed Nomadic Lady, 1995 sold Panama renamed Unistar, 2002 scrapped. 17,203
Dungeness 1904 1920 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1927 sold to Latvia renamed Konsuls P. Dannebergs, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germans renamed Braunau, 1945 returned to USSR, 1949 scrapped. 2,748
East Lynn 1928 1931 renamed Santa Clara Valley, 23rd Apr. 1941 bombed and sunk in Nauplia Bay, Greece, 1952 raised and scrapped. 4,685
Eastern City (1) 1913 9th Apr. 1916 shelled and sunk by U.66 off Ushant. 4,341
Eastern City (2) 1917 1933 sold to Greece renamed Doris, 1949 scrapped. 5,992
Eastern City (3) 1941 1962 sold to Lebanon renamed Helmos, 1969 renamed Nicopaul, 1970 scrapped. 5,185
Eastern City (4) 1965 1970 chartered out renamed Chiyoda, 1975 sold Greece, 1983 sold Philippines renamed President Aguinaldo, 1986 renamed Lucky Twenty Six and scrapped. 18,460
Eastern City (5) 1976 1979 sold Liberia renamed Japana, 1980 renamed Pioneer Japan, 1983 renamed Japana, 1987 sold Italy renamed Bulkvoltri, 1988 sold Greece renamed Toscana, 1999 sold Panama renamed Don Constantino, 2001 scrapped. 35,677
Escrick 1910 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 16th Aug.1918 torpedoed and sunk by U.90 in 46.42N 16.10W. 4,151
Falloden 1903 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 28th Dec. 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC.71 off St. Catherine's Point. 3,012
Falls City 1913 1929 sold to Christian Salvesen & Co., Leith renamed Seringa, 1946 sold Pakistan renamed Firoza, 1960 scrapped. 4,729
Fresno City (1) 1929 5th Nov. 1940 shelled by German cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER and sank next day in 51.47N 33.29W. 4,955
Fresno City (2) 1942 12th Apr. 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.563 and U.706 in 54.15N 30.00W. 7,261
Fresno City (3) 1945 ex- Empire Singapore, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Fresno City, 1965 sold to Vergocean SS Co., London renamed Sea Captain, 1970 scrapped. 7,381
Fresno City (4) 1970 1982 sold Panama renamed Olmeca, 1988 sold Liberia renamed Singa Sailor, 1994 scrapped. 16,639
General Botha   see Berengar.  
General Lukin   see Oakwin.  
General Smuts 1921 ex- Phoebus, 1923 purchased from Soc. Anon Les Affreteurs Reunis, Rouen renamed General Smuts, 1934 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co., Alexandria renamed Star of Egypt, 1950 scrapped. 4,365
Great City (1) 1914 1936 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Richmond Hill, 1937 sold Greece renamed Adamastos, 1937 sold W. Kuntsmann, Stettin renamed Dora Fritzen, 1945 torpedoed and sunk by British torpedo boats. 5,525
Great City (2) 1945 ex- Empire Tavoy, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Great City, 1964 sold Hong Kong renamed Shipwind, 1968 renamed Wing Kwong, 1969 sold Somalia, 1975 scrapped. 7,381
Haimon   see Quebec City (1).  
Homer City (1) 1915 1929 sold to Young & Co., London renamed Wyndyke, 1932 sold Greece renamed Coulouras-Xenos, 1941 bombed and sunk in Mediterranean. 4,914
Homer City (2) 1944 ex- Empire Rangoon, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Homer City, 1960 sold to Moller, Hong Kong renamed Grosvenor Mariner, 1966 sold Tat On Shipping Co. renamed Red Sea, 1970 wrecked Hong Kong in typhoon. 6,988
Houston City (1) 1934 21st Oct. 1940 mined and beached in Thames Estuary, total loss. 4,935
Houston City (2) 1942 1960 sold to Mollers Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Castle Peak, 1961 renamed Sandys River, 1967 sold Panama renamed Juliana, 1968 renamed Prominent Star, 1968 renamed Goodwin, 1968 scrapped. 7,262
Houston City (3) 1963 1972 sold W. Brandt renamed Maria Elisa, 1980 sold Hong Kong renamed Alpac Africa, 1984 scrapped. 10,335
Hurliness 1899 1919 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1924 sold Japan renamed Giyo Maru, 1928 renamed Asiharu Maru, 1929 wrecked in Hainan Strait. 2,994
Imperial Valley   see Buchanness (2).  
Indian City (1) 1915 12th Mar. 1915 torpedoed by U.29 off Scilly Islands, sank next day. 4,645
Indian City (2) 1920 1935 scrapped. 6,221
Indian City (3) 1944 1957 sold toYugoslavia renamed Gruz, 1969 sold Cyprus renamed Diamando, 1972 scrapped. 7,079
Indian City (4) 1967 1977 sold Greece renamed Eastport, 1986 renamed Alkmini, 1987 scrapped. 27,018
Jersey City (1) 1914 ex- Santeramo, 1915 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co. renamed Jersey City, 24th May 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.46 off Flannan Islands. 4,670
Jersey City (2) 1920 31st Jul.1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.99 in Atlantic. 6,322
Jersey City (3) 1942 1955 sold to Sweden renamed Jacqueline, 1959 sold Poland renamed Kopalnia Szombierki, 1964 hulked, 1978 scrapped. 6,686
King City (1) 1905 ex- Quarrydene, 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 1918 renamed King City, 1927 sold to Livanos, Greece renamed Anastassia, 18th Dec. 1940 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Veniero in Atlantic. 2,883
King City (2) 1928 24th Aug. 1940 sunk by German surface raider Atlantis in 16.53S 65.17E. 4,744
King City (3) 1950 1966 sold Panama renamed Panagiotis Xilas, 1971 sold Cyprus renamed Leon, 1978 scrapped. 5,593
Langholm   see Madras City (1).  
Leeds City (1) 1908 6th May 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U.86 near Skulmartin lightship. 4,298
Leeds City (2) 1913 ex- Daleham, 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 1919 renamed Leeds City, 18th Sep. 1925 sankk after striking reef in Java Sea. 4,809
Leeds City (3) 1927 1951 sold to Japan renamed Terushima Maru, 1952 wrecked in River Hooghly near Calcutta. 4,758
Leeds City (4) 1955 1967 sold Panama renamed Ellispontos, 1970 sold Greece renamed Georgetta, 1975 renamed Osia Irini Chrysovalandou, 1979 renamed Stelitsa, 1985 scrapped. 8,140
Madras City (1) 1911 ex- Langholm, 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 1919 renamed Madras City, 1933 sold to Greece renamed Epsilon, 1938 sold Yugoslavia renamed Balkan, 1941 sold Panama renamed Armando, 1941 sold Switzerland renamed St. Gotthard, 1955 sold Italy renamed San Gottardo, 1960 scrapped. 4,167
Madras City (2) 1940 1958 sold to Pakistan renamed Chittagong City, 1971 scrapped. 5,092
Meropi 1908 1922 purchased from C. D. Calafatis, Syra, Greece, 1929 sold to C. Lemos, Greece renamed Taxiarchis, 1933 scrapped after grounding damage. 3,445
New Westminster City (1) 1929 3rd Apr. 1942 bombed and sunk at Murmansk, 1946 salvaged and towed to U.K, sold to MOWT, 1948 sold to Irish Bay Lines, Belfast renamed Dingle Bay, 1951 sold Japan renamed Asakaze Maru, 1965 scrapped. 4,747
New Westminster City (2) 1929 ex- Anglo-African, 1943 purchased from Nitrate Producers SS Co., London, 1948 renamed New Westminster City, 1949 sold to Ships Finance & Management Co., London renamed Lord Codrington, 1952 sold Japan renamed Tozai Maru No.7, 1956 renamed Risshun Maru, 1965 scrapped. 5,601
New Westminster City (3) 1956 1970 sold Cyprus renamed Protoapostolos, 1976 sold Panama renamed Agios Andreas, 1979 scrapped. 8,136
New Westminster City (4) 1972 1983 sold Liberia renamed Kassia, 1986 sold Cyprus renamed Fox, 1988 sold Liberia renamed Singa Wilranger, 1990 sold Liberia renamed Norman Ranger, 1992 sold Liberia renamed Singa Ranger, 1993 sold N. Korea renamed Myo Hyang 2, 1998 renamed Manpok, 1998 scrapped. 16,704
Normanby   see Norwich City.  
Norwich City 1911 ex- Normanby, 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 1919 renamed Norwich City, 30th Nov. 1929 wrecked in Phoenix Islands on voyage Melbourne - Honolulu. 4,219
Oakwin (1) 1919 1920 purchased from Ashwin & Co., London, 1923 renamed General Lukin, 1928 sold Japan renamed Shoyei Maru, 1939 wrecked Korea. 3,099
Oakwin (2)   see Cragness (1).  
Orient City (1) 1911 ex- Cloughton, 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 1919 renamed Orient City, 1935 scrapped. 4,221
Orient City (2) 1940 1958 sold to Pakistan renamed Feronia, 1970 scrapped. 5,095
Orient City (3) 1960 1972 sold Cyprus renamed Alexander A.S, 1973 sold Singapore renamed Tong Jit, 1979 sold Maldives renamed Maldive Promoter, 1984 renamed Dynasty Hilali, 1984 scrapped. 10,300
Orient City (4) 1977 1978 sold Hemisphere Shipping Co. renamed Sea Radiance, 2004 renamed Taiji Star, 2006 renamed Zheng Tai, 2009 scrapped. 39,236
Paris City (1) 1920 1938 sold to Greece renamed Gerassimos Vergottis, 1950 sold Liberia renamed Greenville, 21st Nov. 1953 sank in gale in Atlantic. 6,343
Paris City (2) 1941 ex- Empire Baxter, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Paris City, 1954 sold to J. A. Billmeir, London renamed Westford, 1957 sold Liberia renamed Severn River, 1959 sold Turkey renamed Huseyin Kaptan, 1963 scrapped. 7,024
Port Alberni City 1972 1984 sold Singapore renamed Northern Valley, 1985 sold Greece renamed Vitaluck, 1994 sold Syria renamed Abdul Rahman S, 1997 sold Belize renamed An Da, 2000 scrapped. 16,694
Prince Rupert City (1) 1929 2nd Jun. 1941 bombed and sunk in 58.46N 04.41W. 4,749
Prince Rupert City (2) 1970 1982 sold Panama renamed Yaqui, 1988 sold Liberia renamed Singa Sky, 2004 renamed Zhong Nong Xin, 2005 renamed Herun, 2007 renamed He Yuan, 2009 still in service. 16,639
Quarrydene   see King City (1).  
Quebec City (1) 1911 ex- Haimon (Roland Line, Bremen), war reparations, 1920 purchased from The Shipping Controller, 1921 renamed Quebec City, 1927 sold to North German Lloyd renamed Haimon, 1935 scrapped. 4,936
Quebec City (2) 1927 19th Sep. 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.156 in 02.12S 17.36W. 4,745
Queen City (1)   see Cragness (2).  
Queen City (2) 1950 1966 sold to Phoenix Shipping Co., London, renamed Omala, 1971 sold Panama renamed Prosperity, 1975 sold Somalia renamed United Orient, 1977 scrapped. 5,593
Riol 1907 war reparations from Roland Line, Bremen, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller, 1927 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Preradovic, 1940 Crest Shipping Co., London renamed Fircrest, 25th Aug. 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.124 in 58.52N 06.34W. 5,341
Royal City 1913 ex- Gerfrid, war reparations from Globus Reederei, Bremen, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Royal City, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Anna Mazaraki, 1942 wrecked on Sable Island. 5,411
Runswick 1904 1917 purchased from Pyman Bros, London, 18th Apr.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.109 off Trevose Head. 3,060
Sacramento Valley   see Skegness (2).  
Santa Clara Valley   see East Lynn.  
Siam City 1911 ex- Winfried (Hamburg Bremer-Afrika Line), war reparations, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Siam City, 1927 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Gundulic, 1945 sold Chile renamed Magallanes, 1955 renamed Sanbar, 1956 sold Panama renamed Springwater, 1958 scrapped. 5,271
Skegness (1) 1900 1919 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1924 sold Japan renamed Sapporo Maru No.11, 1945 torpedoed and sunk by USS Barb. 2,801
Skegness (2) 1924 1931 renamed Sacramento Valley, 6th Jun. 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.106 in 17.10N 30.10W. 4,573
Stromness 1902 1919 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1920 sold to Norway renamed Bravore, 1923 sold Japan renamed Sakaye Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS BANG. 2,793
Tacoma City (1) 1929 13th Mar. 1941 mined and sunk in River Mersey. 4,738
Tacoma City (2) 1938 ex- Anglo-Indian, 1943 purchased from Nitrate Producers SS Co., London, 1948 renamed Tacoma City, 1954 sold to Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchcastle, 1966 sold Panama renamed Lucky, 1969 scrapped. 5,609
Tacoma City (3) 1972 1985 sold Greece renamed Bougainville, 1986 sold Cyprus renamed Rosebud, 1989 sold Gibraltar renamed Rosaleen M, 1991 sold Greece renamed Petalouda, 1992 sold Cyprus renamed Macforce, 1994 renamed Force, 1995 sold Turkey renamed Gokar, 1998 sold St. Vincent renamed Gok, 1998 scrapped. 16,704
Truro City 1910 ex- Wismar (Deutsche-Australia Line), war reparations, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Truro City, 1927 sold to R. F. Laiesz, Hamburg renamed Pilot, 1933 scrapped. 4,641
Union City 1909 ex- Iserlohn (Deutsche-Australia Line), war prize, 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Union City, 1925 sold to Finland renamed Wasaborg, 1935 sold Italy renamed Erica, 1940 seized by MOWT renamed Empire Defiance, 1944 scuttled at Normandy beachhead, 1951 raised and scrapped. 4,672
Vancouver City (1) 1930 14th Sep. 1939 torpedoed and sunk by U.28 in 51.23N 07.03W 4,955
Vancouver City (2) 1942 1963 sold to Liberia renamed Everbloom, 1965 scrapped after grounding damage. 7,261
Vancouver City (3) 1970 1979 chartered out renamed Atlantic, 1979 renamed Vancouver City, 1979 sold Greece renamed Stasia, 1987 sold Cyprus renamed Male, 1995 renamed Male II, 1997 scrapped. 16,644
Vernon City 1929 28th Jun.1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.172 in 04.30S 27.30W. 4,748
Victoria City (1) 1929 2nd Dec. 1940 torpedoed and sunk with all hands north of Ireland ; loss of 43 lives. 4,739
Victoria City (2) 1955 14th Dec. 1955 sunk in collision with Valentina Bibolini off Ameland in 53.33N 5.37E. 6,162
Victoria City (3) 1970 1983 sold Singapore renamed Lacandon, 1988 sold Liberia renamed Singa Swan, 1993 sold Malta renamed Monolima, 1996 scrapped. 16,639
Vulcan City 1909 ex- Answald (Hamburg Bremer-Afrika Line) war reparations, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Vulcan City, 1933 scrapped. 5,297
Wastness 1918 1920 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1927 sold to Mervyn SS Co., Newport, Mon. renamed Marklyn, 1942 renamed Empire Usk, MOWT, 1946 sold to Constants, Newport renamed Heminge,1948 Crete Shipping Co., London renamed Bluestone, 1953 sold Moller Line renamed Grosvenor Mariner, 1955 scrapped. 3,090
Welsh City (1) 1922 1938 sold to Greece renamed Maria Stathatos, 1941 bombed and sunk at Piraeus. 6,303
Welsh City (2) 1956 1968 sold Cyprus renamed Aftadelfos, 1979 scrapped. 8,136
Welsh City (3) 1968 1977 sold Panama renamed Jade Star, 1992 sold Vietnam renamed Long Phu, 1992 scrapped. 10,790
Welsh City (4) 1977 1983 sold Panama renamed Galene, 1993 sold Bahamas renamed Albacore, 1999 scrapped. 39,236
West Lynn 1928 1931 renamed Willamette Valley, 1939 requisitioned by Admiralty for use as decoy ship renamed Edgehill, 1940 torpedoed and sunk. 4,702
Wilkawa   see Australian City.  
Yarborough 1900 1919 purchased from Letrichoux & David, Swansea, 1924 sold to Japan renamed Saisho Maru, 1933 renamed Bansei Maru, 1945 mined and sunk off Shanghai. 3,077
York City 1922 1937 sold to Greece renamed Nicolaou Ourania, 1941 bombed and sunk at Crete by German aircraft, salvaged and renamed Nikolaus for German Gov't, 1943 torpedoed and sunk by Polish submarine DZIK off Bastia. 6,397
    Ships Managed for MOWT
(Ministry of War Transport)
 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Armenier 1919 1940 taken over from French Navy by MOWT, taken over by Royal Navy as target ship, 1945 scuttled. 914
Botavon 1912 built as Indrakuala for T. Royden, Liverpool, 1915 renamed Eurypylus for China Mutual S.N. Co., renamed Trade for Continental Transit Co., London, 1939 MOWT renamed Botavon, 3rd May 1942 sunk by German aircraft off Murmansk ; loss of 21 lives. 5,848
Botlea 1917 built as Glennevis for Rio Cape Line, 1919 renamed African Prince (3), 1936 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Pentridge Hill, 1939 MOWT renamed Botlea, Dec. 1945 scuttled with cargo of surplus ammunition. 5,119
Botusk 1919 built as Molton for W. J. Tatem, Cardiff, 1938 sold to Continental Transit Co., London renamed Transit, 1939 MOWT renamed Botusk, 31st Jan. 1941 mined and sunk off North Rona Island. 3,091
Caroline Thorden 1938 1941 taken over by MOWT from Rederi A/B Suomi, Helsingfors, 26th Mar. 1941 damaged by air attack off Faroe Islands, sunk as blockship at Scapa Flow, 1949 raised and scrapped. 3,645
Empire Albatross 1918 built as Hoxie for U.S. Shipping Board, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Albatross, 1940 management transferred to Dene Shipping Co., 1942 transferred to Belgium renamed Begian Fisherman, 1946 sold to Cie Royale Belgo-Argentine renamed Belgique, 1950 sold to Hendrik Fisser, Emden renamed Martha Hendrik Fisser, 1958 scrapped. 4,714
Empire Baxter   see Paris City (2).  
Empire Caribou 1919 built as Northern Star, owned by American Star Line, NY, 1923 to American Sugar Transit Corp, renamed Defacto, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Caribou, 10th May 1941 torpedoed and sunk with all hands in North Atlantic by U.556 ; loss of 29 lives. 4,861
Empire Cheer   see Cornish City (4).  
Empire Crossbill 1919 built as West Amargosa for U.S. Shipping Board, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Crossbill, 1940 management transferred to J. Morrison & Son, 11th Sep. 1941 torpedoed and sunk with all hands in North Atlantic by U.82 ; loss of 48 lives. 5,463
Empire Dabchick 1919 built as Kisnop for U.S. Shipping Board, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Dabchick, 1940 management transferred to J. Morrison & Son, 3rd Dec. 1942 torpedoed and sunk with all hands 200 miles SE x S from Sable Island by U.183 ; loss of 48 lives. 6,089
Empire Jaguar 1919 built as Eastern Glade, 1927 transferred from U.S. Shipping Board, Seattle to Farrel Lines, N.Y, 1935 sold to Postal SS Corp, New York, 1940 sold to MOWT, London renamed Empire Jaguar, 9th Dec. 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic by U.103 on voyage Cardiff to Philadelphia. 5,057
Empire Kestrel 1919 built as Lake Ellithorpe, owned by Newtex SS Corp, N.Y, 1932 renamed Texas Trader, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Kestrel, 16th Aug. 1943 sunk by German aircraft, N.E of Algiers ; loss of 11 lives. 2,674
Empire Rangoon   see Homer City (2).  
Empire Rennie 1941 1942 transferred to Netherlands Gov't renamed Frans Hals, 1946 sold to Van Nievelt, Goudriaan, Rotterdam renamed Alchiba,1956 sold to Hansa Line, Bremen renamed Rheinfels, 1968 sold Cyprus renamed Peramataris,1979 scrapped. 6,626
Empire Rhodes 1941 1943 management transferred from Headlam & Son, 1946 sold to Chr. Salvesen & Co., Leith renamed Culter, 1959 sold Turkey renamed Virginia Ipar, 1963 laid up, 1970 scrapped. 7,030
Empire Singapore   see Fresno City (3).  
Empire Snipe 1919 built as Lake Gaither, Texas Ranger, owned by Newtex SS Corp, N.Y, 1932 renamed Texas Ranger, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Snipe, 1946 management transferred to Constants Ltd, Cardiff, 1946 sold to Wold SS Co., Hull renamed Staxton, 1948 sold Turkey renamed Heri, 1968 scrapped. 2,689
Empire Sunbeam 1941 1942 management transferred to Sir R. Ropner & Co., 1945 purchased by Ropner renamed Swainby, 1962 sold Tsavliris Shipping, London renamed Newgate, 1968 sold Cyprus, 1971 scrapped. 6,711
Empire Takoradi 1945 1946 transferred to Andrew Weir & Co., 1948 renamed Sheilbank, 1956 sold Panama renamed Asteropes, 1958 sold Italy, 1964 scrapped. 7,318
Empire Tavoy   see Great City (2).  
Empire Tern 1919 built as Lake Inglenook, owned by Newtex SS Corp, N.Y, 1932 renamed Texas Banker, 1940 purchased by MOWT renamed Empire Tern, 1946 sold to Williamson & Co., Hong Kong, 1949 to Inchmull SS Co., Hong Kong renamed Sigma Star, 1953 scrapped. 2,606
Empire Toucan 1920 ex- Freeport Sulphur No.5, 1940 purchased by MOWT from Freeport Sulphur Co., N.Y renamed Empire Toucan, 29th Jun. 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.47, S.W of Ireland. 4,127
Enseigne Marie Saint-Germain 1923 1940 taken over by MOWT from Union Industrielle et Mar. Soc. Francaise d'Arm., Havre, 1945 returned to owner, 1950 sold Finland renamed Constantia, 1964 sold Panama, 1969 hulked in Italy. 3,139
Evagoras 1929 built as Darsheil for Douglas & Ramsey, Glasgow, 1931 sold Cyprus renamed Evagoras, 1942 taken over by MOWT, 1944 returned to Cyprus owners, 1954 scrapped. 5,197
Fort Binger   see Cornish City (2).  
Fort Carlton 1943 1946 management transferred to Brown, Atkinson & Co., 1950 sold to Goulandris, London renamed Sorel, 1952 to Oakmount SS Co., London renamed Surfside, 1953 sold Liberia renamed Theomitor, 1963 scrapped. 7,100
Fort Fork 1942 1947 returned to U.S.Maritime Commission, 1948 sold Italy renamed Punta Amica, 1962 scrapped. 7,132
Fort Medine   see Bradford City (2).  
Fort Mumford 1942 20th Mar. 1943 torpedoed and sunk 500 miles NW of Ceylon by Japanese submarine I-27 ; loss of 50 lives. 7,132
Fort Norfolk 1943 24th Jun. 1944 mined and sunk off Normandy beachhead ; loss of 8 lives. 7,131
Myson 1927 1940 taken over by MOWT from Cie de Nav d'Orbigny, La Rochelle, 16th Mar. 1941 shelled and sunk by German battleship Scharnhorst S.E of Cape Race. 4,564
Ocean Pride 1942 1946 management transferred to Ropner Shipping Co., 1947 purchased by Ropner renamed Oakby, 1959 sold Lebanon renamed Erinio, 1963 sold Liberia renamed Susana K. L., 1966 scrapped after fire damage. 7,173
Samhope 1944 1947 sold to Moller Line renamed Rosalie Moller, 1948 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Successor, 1963 sold to Zela Shipping Co., London renamed Zela M, 1967 sold Cyprus, 1968 sold Cuba renamed Ignacio Agramonte, 1974 scrapped. 7,219
Samlamu 1944 1946 sold to Houlder Bros, London renamed Kingsbury, 1960 sold Poland renamed Huta Bedzin, 1969 hulked in Poland, 1982 scrapped. 7,210
Samwinged 1944 1948 returned to U.S. Maritime Commission and laid up, 1960 scrapped. 7,219

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