british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) MV Empire Dawn (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1941
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weight (tons) 7241  grt
dimensions 135 x 17.07 x 10.8 m
material steel
engine 3 Cylinder oil engine
power 516  n.h.p.
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cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 12/09/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.20rank: 636
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Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
no. of crew 41
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Allen Tony29/12/2009Empire Dawn MV was a British Cargo Merchant Vessel of 7,421 tons built in 1941 and owned by MOWT and managed W. Runciman & Co. On the 12th September 1942 she was sunk by German Surface Raider MICHEL.
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Lettens Jan30/10/2010The German Raider Michel was a successful one, she sank the following ships during her career:

First cruise

Second cruise

[*] German uboat U-504 is attributed with her sinking.

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 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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