british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Cowper (+1942)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1941
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 7161  grt
dimensions 135 x 17.2 x 10.8 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 511  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 681
IMO/Off. no. 169003
call sign
BCTF  
BCTF
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 11/04/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.9rank: 653
about people
builder
Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
engine by
John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
owner
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
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depth (m.)
orientation
protected
war grave
references
references
[1] Lloyd´s of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 01/01/2010
last update Allen Tony
last update 09/06/2013
 
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Vleggeert Nico01/01/2010On a voyage from Murmansk to Iceland (in convoy), the British steamship Empire Cowper was bombed and sunk by German Ju-88 aircraft.
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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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John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
One of the largest naval shipbuilders in the UK, John Brown produced both battleships and cruisers in quantity for the Royal Navy and approved foreign clients (Chile, Japan). Brown's was also noted for ocean liners of the largest size and speed, including the LUSITANIA, AQUITANIA, QUEEN MARY, and both QUEEN ELIZABETHs for the Cunard Line. The company had its own steelworks in Sheffield and shipyard in Clydebank, a city actually named for its shipyard, near Dalmuir on the Clyde. At peak workforce before WWI the works directly employed over 10,000 men. In the midst of this prewar arms race and prosperity in 1907, the company issued a commemorative volume on the completion of the LUSITANIA. Not content to tout the ship herself, the company produced an impressive brag piece for the yard -- our source for many of the photos here reproduced. Notable warships built at the yard included the Japanese battleship ASAHI, the British battleships HINDUSTAN, AFRICA, and VALIANT (QE class), and the battlecruisers TIGER, REPULSE, INDEFATIGABLE, and HOOD. In 1971 Browns was sold to Marathon Oil. The shipyard remained in service to the North Sea oil industry before being closed by a successor company; the site was demolished in 2002. It is now the site of Clydebank Community College; a few of the original buildings and the giant Titan crane remain in the midst of a bulldozed wasteland. The engineering arm of John Brown continues (after several bouts of acquisition) as John Brown Engineering Gas Turbines Ltd, E. Kilbride, UK.

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