Built by Short Brothers at Sunderland for the Charlton Steam Shipping Company of Newcastle in 1924, Homeside was a steel screw steamer designed for general cargo. Registered in Newcastle at 4,617 tons gross (2,859 net and 4,256 under-deck), she measured 384 feet in length with a 52 foot beam and was powered by a 3-cylinder triple-expansion 406nhp. engine manufactured by the N.E. Marine Engine Company of Shields. After seventeen years of general tramping with a variety of cargoes, she became a wartime casualty although not through enemy action. Unlike her sister Hazelside, which was torpedoed and sunk in the opening days of the War on 24th September 1939 [as was her replacement Hazelside II, on 28th October 1941], Homeside was apparently sold at Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 8th January 1941. In view of the critical shortage of British tonnage due to wartime losses, this disposal is mysterious in the extreme; perhaps Homeside had been disabled in heavy weather or damaged by an encounter with the enemy -- whatever the reason, it is now unknown. What is certain however is that she soon returned to sea and was last heard from on 28th January (1941) when a wireless message reported that she was leaking heavily north-west of Corunna after which she was posted missing, believed lost.