Chungking III

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Chungking III
ID /IMO No. 5293470.
Type Cargo/Passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage grt. 9,393, nett 5,332
Builder Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Greenock. Yard No. 649.
Delivery date 1950
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 3.
Length 450 ft. F'c'sle 90 ft. Poop 50.
Width 62 ft.
Depth 35 ft.
Passengers 1st class 48, steerage 320, plus 250 deck passengers.
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E.Co. Ltd.
Engine Type Scott LB. Doxford Two Cycle Single Acting Direct Reversing Opposed Piston Oil Engine. 67LB6. [
Engine cylinders 6, 670 mm dia.
Engine stroke 2,320 mm.
Engine Power design 6,500 bhp.
Engine RPM 115.
Propulsion mode Single Screw
Speed 15 kts.
Displacement 14,400 tons.
Deadweight 8,910 tons.
Bale capacity 425,746 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.72.
Power Diesel
Aspiration Natural.
Boiler Composite, exhaust gas/fuel oil.
Fuel Diesel/Heavy Fuel Oil.
Generator 4, Mirrlees TL series.
Generator power 175 Kw.
Generator voltage 220 d.c.
Propeller Right hand,16.5 ft.dia. 15.58 ft mean pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Built classification society B.C. & B.O/T.
Keel laid October 11th 1948
Launched January 19th 1950.
Launched by Mrs.D.M.Phillips.
Original owner China Navigation Co.


Oct 1950. On completion of trials, the intended Hong Kong-Indonesia trade ceased due to internal warfare against the Dutch authorities. The Chungking III along with her sister ship Changchow III were placed on bare boat charter to Messageries Maritimes who placed them on the Marseilles-Panama-South Pacific service.

Nov 1952. Came off charter and sold to the Admiralty to be used as a Far East fleet supply ship. Renamed "Retainer". Buries Markes, London, appointed as managers.

July 1954. The vessel arrived at Palmers Ltd., Tyneside, for conversion to naval requirements.

April 1955. Commissioned in her new role. Now painted in a light grey.

Nov 19th.1970. Arrived in Barcelona under tow from Rosyth, Scotland.

Feb 1980. Broken up for scrap by Desquaces Cataluna S.A.


Events / Stories

Michael Dick in his book "The 4.15 to Cartsdyke" states that the passenger vessels Chungking" and Changchow III delivered in 1950 and 1951 were probably the best-appointed vessels built at Greenock since World War II.