The ship joined a coastal convoy sailing down to Southend where she joined a larger number of ships.
DURING the Second World War many coastal convoys left the North East, carrying essential supplies down what they called 'The Tramlines', the narrow stretch of water down the North Sea to the South Coast.
It was six months before the United States finally introduced its own coastal convoy
To its credit, the RAN was quick to introduce coastal convoys
and, by early 1943, there existed a complete system that stretched from Melbourne to Darwin and advanced New Guinea bases.
ran the gauntlet of mines, enemy bombers, E-boats and U-boats to transport coal and goods to Southern ports.
But Capt Lawrence was injured at sea when Germans attacked the coastal convoys
and he later returned to his ship after recovering from injuries only to die of pneumonia while aboard.