United Kingdom
NamesakeGlen Nevis, Scotland
OwnerWestern Steam Ship Co, Glasgow[3]
OperatorJames Gardiner & Co[3]
Port of registryUnited Kingdom Glasgow
BuilderAyrshire Dockyard Company Ltd, Irvine[1]
Yard number445[2][3]
CompletedMay 1917[1]
Out of service1922[3]
NameAfrican Prince[1]
OwnerRio Cape Line, Ltd.[1]
OperatorFurness Withy[1]
Port of registryUnited Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne
Out of service1936[3]
NamePentridge Hill[4]
NamesakePentridge Hill, Dorset
OwnerDorset Steam Ship Company[4]
OperatorCounties Ship Management[4]
Port of registryUnited Kingdom London
Out of service1939[5]
OwnerMinistry of War Transport (1939)[5]
Port of registryUnited Kingdom London
Out of service1939[3]
  • call sign GQTZ (from 1934)
  • [6]
  • UK Official Number 137842[6]
NameHMS Lambridge (X15)[2][3]
Operator Royal Navy[2]
In service1939
Out of service1941[3]
Port of registryUnited Kingdom
In service1941
Out of service1945[3]
General characteristics
Typecargo ship[1]
Length400.7 feet (122.1 m)[1] p/p
Beam53.4 feet (16.3 m)[1]
Draught24 feet 1 inch (7.34 m)[1]
Depth27.4 feet (8.4 m)[1]
Installed power510 NHP[1]
Propulsion3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine; single screw[1]
Speed10.5 knots (19.4 km/h)[3]

SS Lambridge was a 5,119 GRT UK cargo ship that was built in 1917, gave 28 years of service and was scuttled in 1945.[2][3] She was launched as Glennevis but changed owners and names a number of times, successively becoming African Prince, Pentridge Hill, Botlea, HMS Lambridge and Lambridge. She was scuttled as part of a programme to dispose of UK stocks of chemical weapons.


The Ayrshire Dockyard Company Ltd. built the ship to the UK Shipping Controller's standard "B" type cargo ship design. She had nine corrugated furnaces with a combined grate area of 119 square feet (11 m2) heating three 180 lbf/in2 single-ended boilers with a combined heating surface of 7,647 square feet (710 m2).[1] The boilers fed a Dunsmuir and Jackson three-cylinder 510 NHP triple expansion steam engine that drove a single screw propeller.[1]

Names and owners

The ship was launched in 1917 as Glennevis for the Western Steam Ship Company of Glasgow.[3] In 1922 she was sold to Furness Withy who renamed her African Prince.[3] In 1936 she was sold to the Dorset Steamship Company, which renamed her Pentridge Hill.[4] Dorset SS Co was a London-based company controlled by Counties Ship Management.[4]

In 1939 she was sold to Sir Wm. Reardon Smith & Sons, Ltd, who renamed her Botlea.[5] In September and October 1939 she became one of nine merchant ships that the Admiralty acquired to convert into Q-ships.[3] Botlea was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Lambridge with the pennant number X15. The Q-ships were not successful and from February 1941 she served as the armed merchant cruiser Lambridge.[2]


After the Second World War the Admiralty used her to dispose of redundant chemical ammunition.[3] On 30 December 1945 she was scuttled in the North Atlantic beyond the continental shelf, 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Ireland.[7] Her wreck is at 55°30′N 11°00′W / 55.500°N 11.000°W / 55.500; -11.000 in 8,200 feet (2,500 m) of water.[7]

Lambridge was one of four redundant cargo ships that the Admiralty used to dispose of chemical ammunition at the same site in the North Atlantic.[3] The others were Empire Simba on 11 September, Empire Cormorant on 1 October and Wairuna on 30 October.[3]

SS Lambridge
Approximate position of Lambridge's wreck


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Lloyd's Register of Shipping (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1930. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Cameron, Stuart; Strathdee, Paul; Robinson, George. "Glennevis (1917)". Clydebuilt Database. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Lettens, Jan; Allen, Tony (27 December 2010). "Pentridge Hill SS (1936~1939) Lambridge SS [+1945]". The Wreck Site. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Lloyd's Register of Shipping (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1937. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Lloyd's Register of Shipping (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1940. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Lloyd's Register of Shipping (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1945. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b Bowles, R. British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds. London: Ministry of Defence. p. 2.

Coordinates: 55°18′N 11°06′W / 55.30°N 11.10°W / 55.30; -11.10