SS Kingston Hill

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Name: SS Kingston Hill
Operator: Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London
Builder: William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow[1]
Launched: 1940
Completed: 1941
Out of service: 8 June 1941
Fate: Sunk by torpedo
General characteristics
Class and type: dry cargo
Tonnage: 7,628 long tons (8,543 ST; 7,750 t) gross tonnage
Length: 421 feet (128 m)
Beam: 61 feet (19 m)
Draught: 35 feet (11 m)
Crew: 62[1]

SS Kingston Hill was a cargo ship completed by William Hamilton & Co in Port Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde in December 1940[1] She was managed by Counties Ship Management Co Ltd of London (CSM), an offshoot of the Rethymnis & Kulukundis shipbroking company.[2]

On 22 February 1941 she was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft and damaged.[1] She was repaired at Glasgow.[1]


In May 1941 Kingston Hill sailed from Cardiff and Glasgow laden with coal and general cargo for Alexandria in Egypt.[1] To avoid the enemy-controlled waters of the Mediterranean she was heading via Capetown in South Africa, but was unescorted.[1] She was southwest of the Cape Verde Islands heading into the South Atlantic when U-38 hit her with two torpedoes at 0108 hrs on 8 June 1941.[1] She sank at 0125 hrs with the loss of her Master and 13 crew.[1] 16 crew were rescued by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Achates (H12) and returned to Greenock.[1] 26 crew were rescued by the US tanker Alabama and landed at Capetown.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Helgason, Guðmundur (1995-2010). "Kingston Hill". Guðmundur Helgason. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  2. Fenton, Roy (2006). [ "Counties Ship Management 1934-2007"]. LOF-News. p. 1. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 

Sources & further reading

Coordinates: 9°21′N 21°24′W / 09.35°N 21.40°W / 09.35; -21.40