Houston City (1)

Built in 1934 by Furness at Haverton Hill, for Leeds Shipping Co. Ltd., Bideford.
4935 gt: LBP 19.7: Beam 17.2m Service speed 12.0kts

1934 Houston City, Leeds Shipping Co.Ltd.
1940 Whilst inbound to the mouth of the Thames, with a cargo of grain from Rosario for the Port of London, the Houston City was mined close to the East Oaze Light Buoy on 21st October. She was then beached off the Kent coast and efforts were made to salvage her, but because of continued bombing by German aircraft, these efforts were abandoned on 1st November.


Photo of Houston City
Houston City 1934 to 1940.

Note. In somewhat coincidental circumstances, a sister ship of the Houston City, the Dallas City, had been lost to a German aircraft attack some 200 miles to the west, off Portland Bill, three and a half months earlier on 4th July. Both ships had been built by Furness at Haverton Hill, and the launch of both of them was filmed by Pathe news. The two film clips can be found with the following links:-

 Houston City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKUaaII3q9U

 Dallas City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz2CN2EVfvo

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