norwegian MV Hird (+1940)
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1924
weight (tons) 4950  grt
dimensions 125.5 x 16.9 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cylinder Doxford 58L3 opposed-piston diesel engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 2250  b.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 596
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 15/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
engine by
Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Jacobsen & Salvesen, Oslo (old Christiania)
MV Hird (+1940)
period 1937 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Stott A. & Co., Cardiff
MV Hoperange
period 1932 ~ 1937
[3]Harris & Dixon - Century Shipping Co.- Brinkburn S.S. Co. - Cornhill S.S. Co. - Lunsford S.S. Co., London
MV Swanley
period 1924 ~ 1932
no. of crew 30
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last update 15/09/2013
Allen Tony26/06/2007
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Allen Tony22/11/2011Hird MV was a Norwegian vessel built in 1924 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow, Yard No 596 as the SWANLEY MV for Swanley Shipping Co Ltd., London (Harris & Dixon managers). She was previously called HOPERANGE (1932) SWANLEY (1924). When delivered she was the first British built ship to be powered by a double acting diesel engine.

Her original owners, the Swanley Shipping Co Ltd, was a joint concern between her managers and the Swan Hunter group which consisted of Swan Hunter, Barclay Curle, and North British.

Unhappy with the reliability of the original engine, the ship was re~engined at the builders´ expense with a conventional Doxford engine. In 1932 she was sold to Hopemount Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and renamed HOPERANGE.

In 1938 she was sold to D/S A/S Vard, Oslo, Norway and renamed HIRD.

On the 15th September 1940 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-65 while in convoy HX-72. She was on a voyage from Mobile and Bermuda to Manchester with a cargo of 8,101 tons general cargo including rosin, lumber and 197 tons carbon .

The crew were rescued by Icelandic trawler Þórólfur and landed at Fleetwood, England on September 17th.
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About Builders
 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.

Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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