british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Prairie (+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) 7010  grt
dimensions 135.9 x 17.1 x 10.39 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 519  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 964
IMO/Off. no. 168977
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 10/04/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.49rank: 595
about people
builder
Lithgows Ltd., Glasgow
engine by
Rowan David & Co., Glasgow
owner
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
captain Richard Townsend Payne
complement 5
no. of crew 43
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depth (m.)
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war grave
references
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[1] Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2]  uboat.net
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 09/04/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 02/12/2013
 
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Claes Johnny09/04/2008
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Allen Tony10/04/2008Empire Prairie SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 7,010 tons built in 1942 by Lithgows, Port Glasgow for the Ministry of War Transport (Kaye Son & Co). She was powered by a steam, triple expansion, 519 nhp, giving 11 knots. Engines were built by David Rowan & Co. On the 10th April 1942 under the commaned of Capt R.J. Payne she left Halifax on the 7th April 1942 for Table Bay and Alexandria with a crew of 44 and 5 gunners.

She and her crew were never seen again. Presumed sunk by submarine. She was in fact later found to have been sunk by German submarine U-654 east of Philadelphia
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Claes Johnny09/04/2008At 02.20 hours on 10 Apr, 1942, the unescorted Empire Prairie (Master Richard Townsend Payne) was torpedoed and sunk by U-654 east of Philadelphia. The master, 43 crew members and five gunners were lost.
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