City of Flint traffic to UK ports


Port of Registry Philadelphia, 4963 Gross Tons


Based on records from the National Archives at Kew (PRO) and the Public Record Office at Belfast (PRONI), it has been possible to start mapping the routes of the City of Flint during the 1930’s. The ship seems to have been in regular traffic between the US east coast and European ports. The information we find in these archives supports comments from Joseph Gainard, one of the Captains, who once referred to having been to German ports before WWII.

This section will, if possible, be added to as information comes to hand.


March 1933

PRO records indicate that on 21 March 1933, the City of Flint left Norfolk for Manchester, as she docked at Norfolk, she was bound from Baltimore.The ship was next calling at Manchester. She was sailing for the Oriole Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1022/147)

28 March 1933 they called at Belfast.Captain was M. E Larsen. They had an incoming general cargo from Baltimore, Norfolk, Newport News, New York and Boston, via Glasgow. The shipping agent in Belfast was A.M. Hamilton.

They docked at York Dock and they were whither bound for New York via Dublin. (PRONI file ref HAR 1/G/7/1/14)


July 1933

12 July 1933 arrived from New York to Manchester. Sailing for the Oriole Line, via Philadelphia and Boston

(PRO file ref BT 26/1022/173).


August/September 1933

28 August 1933 arrived at Manchester from Baltimore and Norfolk. Sailing for the Oriole Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1022/180).

5 September 1933 called at Belfast. Captain was T.M. Lewis. They had incoming cargo from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Norfolk, New York and Boston; inbound via Glasgow. The shipping agent was A.M Hamilton. They docked at York Dock. They were whither bound for New York and Boston via Dublin. City of Flint was amongst the largest ships that called at Belfast at the time (PRONI file ref HAR 1/G/7/1/14).


January 1934

25 January 1934 arrived at Manchester from New York. Oriole Line. Master T. M. Lewis (PRO file ref BT 26/1049/99).


March 1934

24 March 1934 arrived at Manchester from Philadelphia and New York. Oriole Line.Master T. M. Riley

(PRO file ref BT 26/1049/106).


October 1934

10 October 1934 arrived at the Port of London from Halifax and Boston. City of Flint was now sailing for the Hampton Roads Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1048/127).


December 1934

9 December 1934 arrived at Port of London from Boston. Hampton Roads Line. Master T. M. Lewis

(PRO file ref BT 26/1049/49).


June 1935

3 June 1935 arrived at Manchester from Halifax. The City of Flint had by now been transferred back to the Oriole Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1075/160).


September 1935

20 September 1935 arrived at Manchester from New York. Oriole Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1075/213).


January 1936

29 January 1936, arrived at Manchester from New York. Oriole Line (PRO file ref BT 26/1103/41)


May 1936

17 May 1936 arrived from Philadelphia, New York to Manchester. Oriole Line, bound for Baltimore, Norfolk and Boston (PRO file ref BT 26/1103/17)


July 1936

11 July 1936 arrived at Manchester from Boston and New York. Oriole Line. Master R. B. Atherton

(PRO file ref BT 26/1103/84)