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Basil Forward’s CRS10

Other Ships : O-W




ON 146027 

20,097 grt; Passenger Ship; 638.2 ft x 75.2 ft x 33 ft

Built 1929 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness

For The Orient Line (P&O Group).

Two funnels; Two masts

Passengers 1,600; Crew 420.

Engines 3,825 nhp; 6 dbl and 2 sgl ended boilers; twin screw; 18 knots

1940 Converted to troopship.

1942 November: Took part in the North African landings.

1943 Present at the Sicilian landings at Avola. 4,000 troops went ashore by her landing barges in less than two hours. Orontes returned with a fresh load of troops and put these ashore at Salerno, Italy.

1945 Trooping to Far Eastern areas in preparation for the invasion of Japan.

When she berthed at Sydney in June she was the first Orient liner to visit the port in almost three years.

1947-8 Reconditioned at Southampton as a one class ship.

1948 June 17: Resumed Australian service.

1962 March; Arrived at Valencia, Spain, for breaking up.



Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.1, P&O, Orient & Blue Anchor Lines

North Star to Southern Cross by John M.Maber




ON 163442

290 grt

Built 1934  Alblasserdam

For C. Rowbotham & Sons.

1956 new owners (Managers Rowbotham & Sons)

1958 new owners (Managers Rowbotham & Sons)

Kept the same name for 33 years.

27th May 1967 Damaged by explosion while berthed at Stanlow; .

Received temporary repairs;

30th June 1967 Left Ellesmere Port under tow of ALFRED LAMEY

Broken up by T.W. Ward Ltd, Preston.

Reference : WSS publication ROWBOTHAM by Andrew Huckett.

Thanks to Ron Mapplebeck.


Picture of Sheridan not yet available



ON 140554

Built Jan.1918  A. McMillan & Son, Dumbarton; Yard Nr 460

4665grt; 385.6 ft x 52.2 ft

One funnel, Two masts

Single screw; 10 knots.

For Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate Steam Navigation Co.(Lamport & Holt Ltd), Liverpool. 1934 Company redesignated as Lamport & Holt Line Ltd.

The SHERIDAN had a number of narrow escapes during WWII. A bomb dropped in the North Sea, hit the water so close, that it caused a leak in a double bottom tank. She carried on, but was eventually forced to have repairs in Montevideo. While on a homeward bound convoy from Freetown, a submarine surfaced nearby at night, and fired a torpedo at the SHERIDAN. She took evasive action and the torpedo missed; but passed on and hit another ship in the convoy. SHERIDAN was often left behind in a convoy, as she could only do 10 knots.

1947 Alexandria Navigation Co, Alexandria, Egypt;


1950 Trans-Oceanic SS Co Ltd, Karachi, Pakistan;


1963 Scrapped at Karachi


Ulster Star


ON 118188.
Single deck;  Steel screw steamer; Passenger cargo ship
Built 1904  Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith; Yard Nr 197

For Aberdeen, Leith & Moray Firth Steam Shipping Co,

(J.Crombie & Sons,) 3 Trinity Buildings, Aberdeen.

Delivered 8th October 1904.
576 grt; 186.4 ft x 28.1 ft x 13.8 ft
Triple expansion steam engine and one single ended boiler operating at
180lbs/sqin pressure supplied by the shipbuilders.
Fitted with electricity.
1915 M. Langlands & Son, Aberdeen.

1915 August - Laird Line Ltd, Glasgow; renamed BROOM

1922 City of Cork Steam Packet Co, Cork; Renamed LISMORE

1922 Belfast SS Co, 29 Cockspur Street , London; Renamed DYNAMIC

Belfast SS Co Service : Belfast-Manchester-Garston.

1931 Renamed ULSTER STAR;

1940-1949 on charter to David Macbrayne, Glagow-West Highlands.
1940."Spot" charter to MacBrayne.
1942 Long term charter to MacBrayne.
1945 Repainted in MacBrayne colours.
1949 February 24th - Returned to owners and immediately sold for scrap;
1949 Scrapped at Troon.

References :

Lloyds Reg of Shipping; Ramage & Ferguson Archive

"Clyde & other Coastal Steamers" Duckworth & Langmuir

Lloyds List; Glasgow Herald; MacBrayne Archive.

Thanks to John D Stevenson



ON 166333

361 grt; motor coaster

Built 1938 NVE J Smit en Zoon Scheepswerven, Westerbroek, Holland

Yard Nr 652

For British Isles Coasters Ltd, Cardigan (R S Fenton; Cambrian Coasters)

1943  Purchased from British Isles Coasters Ltd

1943  General Steam Navigation Co.Ltd, London

1950  Renamed MALLARD

1964  Sold to ARC Marine; Renamed ALLARD

1964  A.L. Cole, Cowes, IOW

1966  E.Cole & Sons [Cowes ] Ltd, Cowes

1968  Converted to a suction dredger

1971  Kendall Brothers [Portsmouth]Ltd, Portsmouth

Arrived at Northfleet July 1984

for demolition by Barry Henderson, Gravesend.


West Coaster as Allard




Raymond Forward