Herbert W. Walker

Vessel name on Arrival: Herbert W. Walker


Original Builder: Willoughby Brothers of Plymouth, Devon

Original Yard No: 101

Official Number: 140106

Vessel Type: coaster

GRT: 365

Year Built: 1921

Arrival Date: 09/03/1954

Breakup Started: 13/04/1954

Date First Beached: 26/03/1954

Date Breakup Completed: 23/06/1954

Draught For’d: 3' 6"

Draught Aft: 9' 6"

Name Changes:


1921  :  Launched as S.S. Millwater for Owners Mellonie & Goulder (Coal & Coke Merchants)

1923  :  Renamed S.S. Elise Mellonie for the same Owners

1925  :  Acquired by G.T. Gillie & Blair of Newcastle, shipbrokers, and renamed S.S. Clyde Firth

1929  :  Acquired by Cement Marketing Company of Newcastle and renamed S.S. Lightning

1935  :  Acquired by the Wilson Steam Shipping Company and renamed S.S. Herbert W. Walker

Other Information:

Built at Plymouth  in 1921 as a collier-design cargo ship for Mellonie & Goulder – Managers T.W. Dixon


Completed in October 1921               Dimensions :  133.6 feet  x  23.1 feet  x  9.9 feet               Single Screw


Propulsion  :  Triple-Expansion 3-Cylinder steam reciprocating engine manufactured by the Builder


16-10-1940  :  Vessel requisitioned for MOWT coasting and short sea services


WWII Services of S.S. Herbert W. Walker

From requisitioning in October 1940 until March 1946, the vessel was used for variable purposes including the transportation of ordnance, serving as a stores ship – military, short-sea and coastal passages. During this time she came under heavt attack in the English Channel by E-Boats, but survived the encounters.


She arrived at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company's Troon facilities in March 1954 and within three months she ceased to exist.