british Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd. PSS Empress Queen [+1916]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion paddle-steam
date built 1897
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weight (tons) 1995  grt
dimensions 109.8 x 12.9 x -- m
engine Compound diagonal engines driving side wheel paddles
power 1290  n.h.p.
speed 21.5  knots
yard no. 302
IMO/Off. no. 95759
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 01/02/1916  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd., Douglas
about the wreck
depth (m.) 3 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 25/01/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 01/02/2014
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Scattered around rocks, partly visible at low water. Depth: 3 meters. Location: Bembridge ledge, East of Isle of the Wight

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Eekelers Dirk25/01/2006Paddle steamer of 1.995 tons; Builders: Fairfield Ship Building & Engineering Ltd 1897 Propulsion type: paddle compound diagonal; Owners: Isle of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd; Service dates: 1897 - 1916; Tonnage: Gross 2140; Empress Queen was a large steamer and is reputed to have had the heaviest engines and paddle wheels ever fitted to a paddle steamer. She was launched in 1897, Queen Victoria´s Diamond Jubilee.

She achieved speeds of 21.5 knots and was a lengthy as 360 feet. In the First World War she was successful as a troop carrier but was lost through stranding on the Bembridge Ledge off the Isle of Wight in fog on 1 February 1916. It was not possible to get her off and all that remained of this magnificent steamer after 12 months was her twin funnels poking out of the water.
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About Builders
 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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