|Dimensions:||400' 8" x 51'5" x 27' 0"||MC Type:|
|Builder:||W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.|
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
|Engines:||4SB, 12cf, GS215, HS8800||Engine Builder:||D. Rowan & Co.|
|Navigation:||ElecLight, Wireless||Decks, etc.:||2 Decks(Stl) & Web Frames, Longitudinal Framing|
|Began Isthmian Service:||1915||Ended Isthmian Service:||1929|
----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
|Howick Hall||C.G. Dunn & Co., Ltd.|
|Howick Hall||U.S. Steel Products Co.|
|Dovenden||Exeter Shipping Co., Ltd.|
|Dovenden||McAllum SS Co., Ltd.|
|Dovenden||Lambert Bros., Ltd.|
|Ircania||Societa Anonima Cooperativa di Navigazione "Garibaldi"|
|Raceland||US Maritime Commission|
10/1/10: Launched. This vessel was designed for the U.S. - Latin America trade. As built, gross tonnage of 4,923 later increased to 5,096 with a speed of 10 knots. One of the first cargo liners to have longitudinal framing and her derricks included one capable of 33 ton lifts. Upon completion she sailed directly to the U.S. to enter service on the New York & South American Line of which C.G. Dunn were the managers.
10/21/14: U.S. flagged in New York.
10/31/14: First Isthmian vessel to make the Atlantic to Pacific Panama Canal transit.
1/18/15: First Isthmian vessel to make the complete full round trip transit using the Canal both ways, saving 50 days and almost $10,000 in coal alone.
9/12/17: Requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board.
9/14/17: Delivered to War Department Service at 3 PM in Baltimore.
3/16/19: Returned to Isthmian by the War Department in New York.
10/29: Sold to Exeter Shipping Co. Ltd., London.
1930: After collision, spent most of the year laid up in New York. By October sailed to Rotterdam where she became a near permanent fixture.
1932: Sold late in the year to McAllum SS Co. Ltd, London; idleness continued.
1/35: Sold for 7,500 pounds to Halford Constant, London, reportedly to be broken up.
1935: Sold to Italians who put her back into service as IRCANIA; lost Lloyds 100-A-1 rating.
1936: Sold again and at the time of the Abyssinian War carried Italian military supplies to Massowak.
1941: Lying at Jacksonville where she and other Axis ships in American ports were taken over by the U.S. Government. Recommissioned as Panamanian flag RACELAND and put on the Murmansk run.
|1942||3/28 - While member of Convoy PQ-13, sunk South of Bear Island by enemy bombing attack on convoy heading toward North Russia. Two of four lifeboats launched lost in heavy seas. Remaining two finally reached the coast of Norway, after constant rowing, with 22 men dead from the cold. Documented in "Heroes in Dungarees", page 169 - 170.|