Built as FRANK A. AUGSBURY. Renamed GRANBY-1926, PARITA II-1948, VALBRUNA-1951, LAWRENCECLIFFE HALL-1952, FEDERAL EXPLORER-1955, ITHAKA-1960.
14 Sep 1960 stranded 10 m East of Churchill, Hudson Bay in
pos. 58° 46' 42"N - 93° 53'24"W (after rudder failure in a strong gale).
Web site www.belgian-ships.be/a-g.htm [not working Feb2014] mentions that she was laid up in the River Blackwater c1946.
Arrived at Antwerp on 24/09/46 in tow of British tug KENYA.
[ http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?206571 ]
From Lloyds records at Guildhall Library:
28 June 1945 British motor vessel ATLANTIC CITY and British steamer GRANBY in collision off West Goodwins. GRANBY holed aft above waterline.
2 July 1945 GRANBY left The Downs for Gravesend in tow of tugs EMPIRE LARCH and EMPIRE MARY.
3 Aug 1945 GRANBY left Gravesend for the River Blackwater, in tow.
Arrived 3 Aug 1945 departed 23 Sep 1946 [George Swieszkowski - Lloyds list]
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 29 September 1945 Compensation 8 weeks 2 days Wm France Fenwick & Co.
- 23 September 1946 Compensation 4 wks 6 days, owner/agent James Gibson & Sons.