|Port of registry:||Liverpool|
|Launched:||5 December 1975|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7343805|
|Fate:||Lost on 9 September 1980 during Typhoon Orchid, 44 people (42 crewmen and two wives) killed, wreck located|
|Notes:||Largest British ship ever lost at sea|
|Class and type:||Bridge-class combination carrier|
|Length:||294.2 m (965 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||44.3 m (145 ft 4 in)|
|Draft:||18.44 m (60 ft 6 in)|
|Installed power:||B&W 8K98FF|
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)|
|Capacity:||c. 160,000 tonnes of cargo|
She was lost on 9 September 1980 during Typhoon Orchid, south of Japan. All 42 crew members and two of their wives were killed in the sinking. At 91,655 gross register tons, she was—and remains—the largest British ship ever to have been lost at sea.
Derbyshire was launched in late 1975 and entered service in June 1976, as the last ship of the Bridge-class combination carrier, originally named Liverpool Bridge. Liverpool Bridge and English Bridge (later Worcestershire) were built by Seabridge for Bibby Line. The ship was laid up for two of its four years of service life.
In 1978, Liverpool Bridge was renamed Derbyshire, the fourth vessel to carry the name in the company's fleet. On 11 July 1980, on what turned out to be the vessel's final voyage, Derbyshire left Sept-Îles, Canada, her destination being Kawasaki, Japan. Derbyshire was carrying a cargo of 157,446 tonnes of iron ore.
On 9 September 1980, Derbyshire hove-to in Typhoon Orchid some 230 miles from Okinawa, and was overwhelmed by the tropical storm killing all aboard. Derbyshire never issued a Mayday distress message.
The search for Derbyshire commenced on 15 September 1980 and was called off six days later when no trace of the vessel was found, and it was declared lost. Six weeks after Derbyshire sank, one of the vessel's lifeboats was sighted by a Japanese tanker.
On 21 September 1980, the Bibby Line vessel Cambridgeshire held a memorial service for the Derbyshire in the area the vessel was lost.
In 2010, a memorial service was held in the vessel's home port of Liverpool on the 30th anniversary of Derbyshire's loss.
- List of ship launches in 1976
- List of shipwrecks in 1980
- List of maritime disasters
- SS Edmund Fitzgerald, an American bulk carrier lost in 1975 under similar circumstances
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