|ID /IMO No. 5293470.|
|Gross Registered Tonnage||grt. 9,393, nett 5,332|
|Builder||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Greenock. Yard No. 649.|
|Hull||Steel, clincher construction.|
|Length||450 ft. F'c'sle 90 ft. Poop 50.|
|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. [http://ebookbrowsee.net/barclay-curle-doxford-pdf-d392986170|
|Engine cylinders||6, 670 mm dia.|
|Engine stroke||2,320 mm.|
|Engine Power||design 6,500 bhp.|
|Propulsion mode||Single Screw|
|Bale capacity||425,746 cu.ft.|
|Block coefficient (Cb)||0.72.|
|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.|
|Built classification society||B.C. & B.O/T.|
|Keel laid||June 7th. 1949.|
|Launched||July 31st. 1950.|
|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.