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Official Number:                    165361

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Builder:                                   Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Burntisland

Launched:                              31 October 1936

Pennant No:                           

Into Service:                           1939

Out of service:                        6 October 1940

Fate:                                        6 October 1940 mined and sunk


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Background Data One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:


31 October 1936 launched by Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Burntisland as Yard Nr: 201 named Jersey Queen for London & Channel Islands Steamship Co Ltd., (Cheesewright & Ford, Managers) BCI London

12 December 1936 completed

1939 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a stores carrier - name unchanged

6 October 1940 mined and sank 1½ miles from St Anthony's Head, Cornwall while on passage from Blyth to Plymouth with a cargo of coal



British Channel Islands Shipping Co Ltd started in 1899 as London & Channel Islands Steamship Co Ltd and were renamed in 1937. Coast Lines Ltd then acquired that Company in 1937 for £67,052 which at the time consisted of six coasters which operated passenger and cargo services to all of the Channel Islands. The previous name was retained.

The Coast Lines Group was originally formed in 1913 and consisted of a large group of Companies which were brought together in subsequent years. Transfers of ships between the constituent members were quite common after 1920 and Coast Lines retained all the previous Company names. Some of these were as follows with year of acquisition; British & Irish Steam Packet Co Ltd in 1917; City of Dublin Steamship Co Ltd,  City of Cork Steamship Co Ltd and Belfast Steamship Co Ltd in 1918/19;  Burns & Laird Lines Ltd in 1922; British Channel Islands Shipping Co Ltd in 1937 and Tyne-Tees Steamship Co Ltd in 1943


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