british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Heath (+1944)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1941
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status
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weight (tons) 6644  grt
dimensions 131.7 x 17.1 x 10.4 m
engine triple expansion engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 292  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 287
IMO/Off. no. 168909
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 11/05/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.57rank: 583
about people
builder
Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
owner
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
captain William Thompson Brown
complement 8
no. of crew 48
no. of passengers 1
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war grave
references
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[1] Lloyd´s of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2]  uboat.net
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 07/11/2007
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 06/03/2014
 
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Allen Tony07/11/2007Empire Heath SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 6,644 tons built in 1941 by Bartram & Sons, Sunderland. She was owned by the Ministry of War Transport, managed by Joseph Robinson & Sons (Stag Line), North Shields. On the 11th May 1944 when on route from Victoria Bay, Brazil to Loch Ewe for orders via Freetown carrying a cargo of Iron Ore she was torpedoed by U-129 and sunk. 57 killed from a complement of 58.

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About Builders
 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
The 'Bartram' shipbuilding business was started in 1837 at Hylton by George Bartram. Later he formed a partnership George Bartram & John Lister which lasted till 1854. Following the partnership dissolution, George Bartram was on his own at Hylton, trading as 'George Bartram & Sons'.

George Bartram............. 1837 to 18?? (South Hylton)
Bartram & Lister ............ 18?? to 1854 (South Hylton)
George Bartram & Sons. 1854 to 1871 (South Hylton)
Bertram, Haswell & Co... 1871 to 1894 (South Dock)
Bartram & Sons Ltd........ 1894 to 1967 (South Dock)

George Bartram opened his yard at Hylton in 1837. The business moved to South Dock in 1871, and was the only firm to launch ships directly into the North Sea. The company was taken over by Austin & Pickersgill in 1967. The yard closed in 1978.

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