british SS Empire Cormorant [+1945]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1918
weight (tons) 5760  grt
dimensions 124.9 x 16.5 x 9.1 m
material steel
engine Steam turbine, 3 scotch boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 2500  s.h.p.
speed 15  knots
yard no. 13
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons ammunition dump
date lost 01/10/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Northwest Steel Co., Portland (Oregon)
last owner
[1]British Government, London
SS Empire Cormorant [+1945]
period 1941 ~ 1945
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[2]Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
SS Aisne
period 1918 ~ 1941
[3]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
SS Western Maid
period 1918 ~ 1918
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2500 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 31/10/2012
Lettens Jan26/12/2010
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Allen Tony01/10/2009EMPIRE CORMORANT SS was a British cargo steamer of 5,760grt built in 1918 by Northwest Steel, Portland, Oregon, USA as the American cargo steamer WESTERN MAID for the US Government. In 1914 renamed AISNE SS for Cie General Transatlantique (CGT). In 1941 she was renamed EMPIRE CORMORANT when purchased by the British Government.

On the 1st September 1945 she was scuttled in the Bay of Biscay (???) with a cargo of chemicals and ammunition.
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Lettens Jan26/12/2010The Four ships Empire Simba (11/09/1945), Empire Cormorant (01/10/1945), Wairuna (30/10/1945) and Botlea (30/12/1945), all loaded with chemical ammunition, were scuttled at a depth of 2.500 metres, 55°30N-011°00W.
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 Northwest Steel Co., Portland (Oregon)
Northwest Steel was next door to Columbia River Shipbuilding, on the west bank of the Willamette River, on SW Moody Avenue at the foot of SW Sheridan Street, which is just downstream of the Ross Island Bridge
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