SS Inkosi (1937)
Empire Chivalry (1940-46)
Charente Steamship Co Ltd (1936-40)|
Ministry of War Transport (1940-45)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
T & J Harrison (1946-40)
T & J Harrison (1937-40)|
Royal Navy (1940)
T & J Harrison (1940-58)
|Port of registry:||
|Builder:||Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd|
Code Letters GZSS|
United Kingdom Official Number 164328
|Class and type:||
Refrigerated cargo liner (1937-40)|
Cargo ship (1940-58)
6,618 GRT (1937-40)|
6,007 GRT (1940-58)
4,055 NRT (1937-40)
3,616 GRT (1940-59)
|Length:||414 feet 8 inches (126.39 m)|
|Beam:||56 feet 0 inches (17.07 m)|
|Depth:||28 feet 5 inches (8.66 m)|
|Installed power:||Quadruple expansion steam engine|
|Notes:||11,030 cubic feet (312 m3) refrigerated cargo space|
Inkosi was a 6,618 GRT refrigerated cargo liner which was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was hired by the Royal Navy in 1940 for use as an ocean boarding vessel, but was sunk in an air raid before she could be used for this purpose. The ship was salvaged, converted to a cargo ship and passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), who renamed her Empire Chivalry. In 1946 she was sold and renamed Planter. She served until 1958, when she was scrapped.
As built, the ship was 414 feet 8 inches (126.39 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 0 inches (17.07 m) and a depth of 27 feet 0 inches (8.23 m). She had a GRT of 6,618 and a NRT of 4.055.
The ship was propelled by a quadruple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 28 inches (71 cm), 41½ inches (105 cm), 59 inches (150 cm) and 84 inches (210 cm) diameter by 54 inches (140 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Wallsend Slipway & Engine Co, Wallsend.
Inkosi had 11,030 cubic feet (312 m3) of refrigerated cargo space over two holds. There were two refrigerating units and two compressors. The ship could make 16½ tons of ice per day.
Inkosi was owned by the Charente Steamship Co Ltd, and operated under the management of T & J Harrison Ltd. The United Kingdom Official Number 164328 and the Code Letters GZSS were allocated. Her port of registry was Liverpool. She operated between the United Kingdom and the West Indies.
Inkosi was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- HXF 11
Convoy HXF 11 departed Halifax, Nova Scotia on 2 December 1939 and arrived at Liverpool on 15 December. Inkosi was carrying a cargo of foodstuff and pitch. On 6 December, Inkosi lost the convoy in fog, but managed to rejoin on 7 December. A funeral was held on board Inkosi on 11 December.
- HX 58
Convoy HX 58 departed Halifax on 15 July 1940 and arrived at Liverpool on 31 July. Inkosi had started her voyage at Bermuda and departed Halifax on 14 July. She was carrying general cargo bound for the Clyde. Inkosi was carrying the convoy's Rear Commodore.
On 11 August 1940, Inkosi was hired by the Royal Navy for use as an ocean boarding vessel. On 7 September 1940, Inkosi was sunk in an air raid while berthed at the Royal Albert Dock, London. She was refloated on 4 October 1940. Inkosi was taken over by the MoWT and rebuilt as a cargo ship, being renamed Empire Chivalry.
She remained under the management of T & J Harrison Ltd although her port of registry was changed to London. The refrigerating equipment was removed during the conversion, which reduced her to 6,007 GRT, 3,616 NRT.
Empire Chivalry was a member of a number of convoys.
- HX 193
Convoy HX 193 departed Halifax on 7 June 1942 and arrived at Liverpool on 19 June.
- HX 249
- ON 225
Convoy ON 225 departed Liverpool on 22 February 1944, bound for New York. During the voyage, the merchant ship Joel Poinserett broke in two. Empire Chivalry stood by the wreck. Due to the break-up of the convoy in bad weather, Empire Chivalry and the group of stragglers she was in, escorted by Template:HMCS actually arrived at New York on 8 March, ahead of the main convoy.
In 1946, Empire Chivalry was sold to T & J Harrison Ltd and was renamed Planter. Her port of registry was changed to Liverpool. She served until 1958 when she was scrapped at Ghent, Belgium.
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