APPENDIX - B2
TRANSCRIPT OF CONVOY CRUISING ORDER

This is an electronic transcript of the official Convoy Cruising Order for Convoy ON270 which sailed for New York, Halifax and other Canadian ports on December 4, 1944. In this convoy, there were 11 columns and 6 rows of ships with some empty positions in the centre rear. Each cell in the table contains specific information about the ship. Reading from left to right and top to bottom:

Pendant No. (ie M  44)
Type of Cargo (ie  X = explosive, T = tanker, P = passengers)
Name of Ship
Country of Registry
Call Sign
Displacement in Kilotons
Function, if any (ie ND= Net Defense)
Height of Mast above Waterline (in feet)

Some of the cells have been intentionally colour coded to make the function of the ship easier to identify. The original document did not have such colouring. The Convoy Cruising Order has been adapted for display on a Web page as the original was on an  'L' shaped piece of paper. Originally transcribed from a nearly legible copy of the original by Jerry Proc on March 8, 1995. A few of the ships had errors in their call signs. These were corrected from a list supplied by Spud Roscoe, Halifax on September 16/97. Where the original text was illegible, I have substituted a question mark. When displaying, some of the text in the main table may be mis-positioned due to some anolomy in Netscape Composer.


S.1556 (Established - Dec, 1942) CONVOY CRUISING ORDER                                CONVOY FORM A1
(This form to be issued to the Master in duplicate, the second copy being for use of Radio Officer)

 
CONFIDENTIAL CONVOY No. O.N.270 Date      4th December , 1944
Commodore   E.W. Leir DSO in S.S. PORT SYDNEY For New York
Vice-Commodore   Master in S.S. SAMTYNE For Halifax 
Rear-Commodore   Master in S.S. AMASTRA For New York
Rescue Ships FASTNET in S.S.

 
CSA = ?
HF = H/F D/F Guard T = Tanker
R/T = RadioTelephone ND = Admiralty Net Defence
X = Explosive P = Passengers (if more than 12)

 
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
010
011
M   11

Albert C. 
Richie
(US)
KXDH

10.K 
ND
85'

M   21

Nathaniel
Alexander
(US) 
KFTG

12K

 80'

M   31

Nathan 
Clifford
(US)
KKAY

10.5K

 

L   41

David L.
Yulee
(US)
KTFF

10.5K

 83' 

L   51

William 
G. Fargo
(US)
KKUB

10K

79'

L   61

PORT
SYDNEY
(UK)
GRSW

10K

 85'

BEL  71

George T.
Angell
(US)
KVNS

10.5K 

80' 

G   81

Jededia
S. Smith
(US)
KOKF

10K

80'

S   91

Samtyne
 

MYQK

10K

 

G  101

Buenos
Aries
(NOR)
BNJT

10.5K

96'

L  111

Hannibal
Hamlin
(US)
KHZT

10.5K
ND 
83'

M  12

Mellville
Jacoby 
(US)
KWAM

10K
CSA
75'

M  22

John H.B.
Latrobe
(US)
KGBL

10.5K

85'

M  32

B Charney
Vladek
(US)
WRD?

10K

 

G  42  T

Amstra

(UK)
GYDD

10K

103'

S  52  T

Ran?fonn
[Oiler]
(NOR)
BNMD

12K

100'

S  62  T

Norlys
[Oiler]
(PAN)
HPGH

11K

102'

G  72  T

Anna ??? [Oiler]
(NOR)
BMCK
 
 

 

L  82  T

Gefion

(NOR)
BWLX

11.5K

 

S  92

Tong-
ariro
(UK)
GLFZ

10.5K

105'

S  102

Addie B.
Daniels
(US)
KSOT

10.5K

84'

L  112

Thomas
Walters
(US)
KXXC

11K
ND
70'

M  13

John T.
Holt
(US)
KXXE

11K
ND
82'

M  23

P.T. 
Barnum
(US)
KOOW

10K

82'

M  33  P

Desirade
 

BCWT

11.5K

136'

M  43

John
Woolman
(US)
KJNZ

10K 
ND
80'

    53
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

G  63 R/T 
Radar  T

Empire
Macrae
BKFB

12K
MAC
90'

     73
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

G  83  T

Acavus

(UK)
GYDF

10.5K

85'

S  93

Empire
Martaban
(UK)
GBSV

10.5K

85'

S  103

Abraham
Lincoln
(NOR)
BMBT

12.5K

106'

S  113

Empire
Sceptre
(UK)
GBTR

10K
ND
60'

M  14

Margaret
Brent
(US)
KYON

10K
ND
84'

M  24

Thomas 
Gregory
(US)
KTNJ

10K

74'

M  34

Benjamin 
Holt
(US)
KHVS

10K

 

M  44

Dorcasia

(UK)
GJGT

10K

105'

    54
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

     64
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   74
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

S   84

Herbert
D. Croly
(US)
KTFN

10.5K

85'

S  94

Tungsha

(NOR)
BLTD

10K

93'

S  104

Sieur De
Salle
(US)
KSQZ

10K

82'

BEL 114

Rosedale
Park
(Can)
VDDB
 
 

 

M  15

Charles
A. Dana
(US)
KXJL

10.5K
ND
73'

M  25

Hoke
Smith
(US)
KYIQ

10K
ND
77'

M  35

George
Poindexter
(US)
KNCP

10K
ND
85'

M  45

J. Willard
Gibbs
(US)
KUGK

10.5K

84'

    55
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

     65
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

    75
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

L  85  X
Manch-
ester
Exporter
(UK)
GPMN

11.5K

95'

L  95  X
Manch-
ester
Port
(UK)
GYNF

13.5k

 

S  105

Argolikos

(Greek)
BNFS

10.5K

105'

L  115

Corner-
brook
(Can)
VOQB

11K

93'

M  16

Heim-
vard
(NOR)
LUCY

10K

110'

M  26

William D.
Bloxham
(US)
WQZR

11K

84'

FAL 36

Cardinal
Gibbons
(US)
KHMH

10K

72'

G  46 R/T
MF/DF
Fasnet
Rescue
Ship
GNRD

11K

85'

    56
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

    66
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   76
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

L  86 
Manch-
ester
Division
(UK)
GBYR

11K

95'

G  96 

Noesa
Niwi
(Dutch)
BRNB

13.5K

118'

    106
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

    116
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

(Continuation of table. This was taped to page 1)
 
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013

 

014

 

121











 

131

LIGHT REPEATING 
SHIPS IN PENDANTS 31,91,22,42,72,102,33
85,24,104,45,85 

 

141











 

122










 

132

SOUND REPEATING 
SHIPS - ALL COLUMN LEADERS AND COLUMNS 
3, 6, & 9

142










 

123














 

133

EXPLOSIVES - 
PENDANTS 85, 95

PASSENGERS- 
PENDANTS 33
60 males
30 females
10 children

 

143














 

124








 

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CONVOYS
4-DEC-1944
MERSEY

CONVOY FORM A1 (S.1556)  (Page 2)

CONVOY W/T CALL SIGNS


Distance between columns:

East  of  7  deg West     3 cables
West of  7  deg West     5 cables

Distance between ships in column:

To R/V      2 cables
Than         3 cables

Normal cruising speed: 9.5 knots
 

Commodore (individual)                YMD1
Vice Commodore (individual)        YMD2
Whole Convoy                              YMD3
Commodore's portion of Convoy  YMD4
Vice-commodore's portion of Convoy                                        YMD5 
Senior Office of Escort                 YMD6
Stragglers from Convoy                YMD9
Individual Ships - Pdt. No. preceded by___
Columns - Column No. preceded by ____
LOCAL INSTRUCTIONS

Ships will weigh to pass the Rock
Light at the following times:
                                             B.S.T.
  61 Port Sydney...................1130/4
111 Hannibal Hamlin............
  51 Wm. G. Fargo................
  82 Gefion...........................
  41 David L. Yulee..............
112 Thomas U. Walker........
  85 Manchester Explorer.....
  95 Manchester Port...........
  86 Manchester Division....
115 Cornerbrook.................
 

ESCORT

C.3.
KOKANEE
ST. THOMAS
TRILLIUM
FOREST HILL
RIVIERE DU LOOP

Local Escort - 
KIRKELLA
 
 
 
 

 

SECTIONAL CALL SIGNS

MERSEY                               YME3
BELFAST                              YMH3
CLYDE                                  YMK3
MILFORD HAVEN                YMI3
LOCK EWE                           YMQ3
ENGLISH CHANNEL            YMO3
Ships for New York                YMS3
Ships for Halifax                     YMX3
Ships for St. Lawrence Ports   YMT3

Convoy Code-Word (not to be 
transmitted by merchant ship)________
 
 

 

When clear of the Swept channel, ships will form into two columns without
further signal as under :-

61          111
51            82
41          112
85            95
86          115
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

T.D.  666/42   (29/1/43) (899) Wt. 18192/D779  20M  7/43  S.E.R. Ltd. Gp.671


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