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Name: RICHARD WELFORD
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 06/11/1907
Completed: 03/1908
Builder: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 799
Dimensions: 1411grt, 711nrt, 255.7 x 35.5 x 14.4ft; (1924: 1712grt, 975nrt)
Engines: T3cyl (25, 41 & 66 x 45ins), 350nhp; (1928: 292nhp)
Engines by: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 13.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 125439
History:
03/1908 Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle
1924 Renamed HETHPOOL
1925 Farquhar & Co Ltd, Halifax, Canada; renamed FARNORTH
1935 Margaree Steamship Co Ltd, Halifax, Canada
1936 Farnorth Steamship Co Ltd, Halifax, Canada
1937 Fraser Steamship Line Ltd; renamed SOUTHERN LADY
1942 OC Webster, George Town, Cayman Islands; renamed COLISTER
1950 Empresa Dominicana de Nav C por A, Ciudad Trujillo; renamed CIUDAD TRUJILLO
1952 McCormick Steamship Corp; renamed LEWIS FRASER
22/07/1957 Broken up
Comments: 05/01/1915: Hired by the Admiralty as an armed boarding steamer, 12pdr gun fitted
Whilst based at Gibraltar she was torpedoed, but got back to port under own steam. After temporary repairs she returned to Southampton for permanent repairs.
28/02/1919: Returned to owners
02/08/1923: Capsized at Newcastle Quay due to a cargo door in her port side being left open, whilst working cargo through the hatches. The cargo door had been opened with the intention of discharging cargo through it, however although it was above the waterline it was below the quay level so not used, but left open. A list developed whilst working cargo, submerging the edge of the door and allowing water to flow in to the hold. Despite attempts to rectify the list she heeled over and lay against the quay.
23/10/1923: Refloated and taken to Smith's Dock North Shields for temporary repairs
19/12/1923: Towed to Rotterdam for further repairs and rebuilding. Renamed HETHPOOL.
22/07/1957: Broken up at Baltimore by Patapsco Scrap Co. Cost $55,000


Photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photos courtesy of Richard Cox

Above photos show capsize & recovery in 1923

Photo as FARNORTH courtesy of Jim Hiller