british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) MV Empire Drum (+1942)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1942
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 7244  grt
dimensions 135 x 17.07 x 10.8 m
material steel
engine Oil engine
power 516  n.h.p.
speed  
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 24/04/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
owner
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
captain John Robert Miles
complement 6
no. of crew 35
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depth (m.)
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protected
war grave
references
references
[1] Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2]  uboat.net
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 13/11/2005
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 08/01/2010
 
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Allen Tony20/11/2007Empire Drum MV was a British Cargo Motor Vessel owned by the MOWT and of 7,244 tons and built in 1942. On the 24 th April 1942 when on route from NEW YORK for TABLE BAY and ALEXANDRIA carrying a cargo of war stores and explosives she was torpedoed by German submarine U-136 and sunk. Crew of 41 saved.
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About Builders
 Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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