Requisitioned Auxiliary – Dover Hill



Dover Hill


Official Number:                      141878

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Howden on Tyne

Launched:                               15 Decenber 1917

Pennant No:                            

Into Service:                           1944

Out of service:                        9 June 1944

Fate:                                       Scuttled off Sword Beach, Ouistreham, France


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 for use as block ships


Career Data:

15 December 1917 launched by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Howden on Tyne as Yard Nr: 244 named MAENWEN for W & C>T> Jones Steamship Co Ltd., Cardiff

March 1918 completed as CLAN MACVICAR for Clan Line Steamers Ltd., Glasgow

1936 purchased by Dover Hill Steamship Co Ltd., (Counties Ship Management Ltd., Managers) Glasgow and renamed DOVER HILL

1943 came under the auspices of MoWT with J & J Denholm Ltd., as Managers – name unchanged

4 April 1943 having just completed unloading her cargo of fighters, guns, lorries, tanks, lubricating oil, shells and other high explosives she suffered a direct hit from a bomb dropped by a German Ju88 bomber in Michukov Anchorage in the Kola Inlet

18 July 1943 arrived Molotovsk awaiting a west-bound return Convoy to the UK

26 November 1943 sailed in Convoy RA54B to Loch Ewe arriving 9 December 1943

1944 purchased by the Admiralty for service as a Block Ship

29 May 1944 arrived Oban as one of 56 intended block ships gathered there

5 June 1944 arrived Poole Bay Anchorage along with other British and Allied ships from Oban

9 June 1944 scuttled as part of Gooseberry 5 off Sword Beach, Ouistreham, France