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Name: ANTENOR
Type: Passenger Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 30/09/1924
Completed: 03/1925
Builder: Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 945
Dimensions: 11174grt, 6809nrt, 497.7 x 62.2 x 35.0ft
Engines: 4 x Steam Turbines
Engines by: Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 15.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 147292
History:
06/01/1925 China Mutual Steam Navigation Co (A Holt & Co), Liverpool
19/07/1953 Broken up
Comments: 1938: Carried 5 Giant Pandas, caught in China, from Hong Kong to Europe.
During the voyage the Pandas escaped from their cages on the poop deck and caused quite a commotion before being caught. The Pandas were the first to be brought to Europe in captivity.
13/09/1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty & converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser as HMS ANTENOR. Armed with 6 x 6ins & 2 x 3ins guns.
1941: Used as a troop ship
1944: Involved in the invasion of Normandy
02/1946: Returned to owners
19/07/1953: Arrived at Blyth to be broken up by Hughes Bolckow


Above photo is courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo is courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo is copyright of Allan C Green