british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Eland (+1941)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1920
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 5620  grt
dimensions 130.1 x 16.5 x 8.3 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engines
power 552  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 137
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 15/09/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.38rank: 608
about people
builder
Long Beach Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Eland (+1941)
period 1940 ~ 1941
prev. owners
[2]United States Government
SS West Kedron
period 1920 ~ 1940
captain Donald Cameron Sinclair
complement 5
no. of crew 32
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depth (m.)
orientation
protected
war grave
references
references
[1] Lloyd´s of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2]  uboat.net
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 13/11/2005
last update Allen Tony
last update 15/09/2011
 
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Allen Tony12/10/2007
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Allen Tony20/11/2007Empire Eland SS;5,620 tons; 410x54.2; Built in 1920 as the WEST KEDRON, for the US Shipping Board. In 1928 she was purchased by the American West African Line (Barber SS Co), New York. In 1933 she was purchased by the US Shipping Board, New York. In 1937 transferred to the US Maritime Commission, New York. In 1940 she was renamed the EMPIRE ELAND and requisioned by MOWT and managed by Douglas & Ramsey.

On the 15th September 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk by U-94 at approx. 54°00N 28°00W
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About Builders
 Long Beach Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach
Long Beach Shipbuilding was established as Craig Shipbuilding in 1907, when John F. Craig moved to Long Beach from Toledo OH, where he and his father before him had been building ships for many years, bringing his 26 foremen and their families with him. The hull numbers used in Long Beach were, amazingly, a continuation of the hull numbers Craig had used back in Toledo, running from 107 to 155. The yard, which was the first tenant of the Port of Long Beach, was located on 43 acres between Channel 3 and Water Street. It survived after the war, primarily as a ship repair yard, but closed in the 1930s. It was leased by Consolidated Steel at the outset of WWII and built many C1 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission. The hull numbers are a continuation of the series started in Toledo, which also continued in Toledo.

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