british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Commerce [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
status
lifted lifted
details
weight (tons) 3857  grt
dimensions 120 x 16.6 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power  
speed 10  knots
yard no. 329
IMO/Off. no. 160368
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 09/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 666
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builder
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Commerce [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 160368
prev. owners
[2]Fisser & Van Doornum, Emden
SS Christoph v. Doornum
period 1939 ~ 1939
[3]Tatem Steam Navigation Co - W. J. Tatem - Atlantic Shipping & Trading Co., Cardiff
SS Goodleigh
period 1928 ~ 1937
IMO/Off. no.: 160368
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 9 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 13/11/2005
last update Allen Tony
last update 31/03/2014
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Empire Commerce; 3.857 tons; 360x50x24 ft; Built in 1928 as the GOODLEIGH, for Dulverton SS Co (W.J.Tatem) In 1937 she was renamed CHRISTOPH VAN DOORNUM, and purchased by Fisser & V.Doornum, Emden. On the 4.9.39 she was seized by Canada at Botwood, New Foundland. In 1940 she was EMPIRE COMMERCE and requisioned as MOWT and managed by Furness Withy & Co. On the 9.6.40 she was mined off Marga te, English Channel and beached - total loss.
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 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.


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