british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Empire Crusader [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1925
live live
weight (tons) 1042  grt
dimensions 75 x 11 x 4.18 m
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 10  knots
yard no. 174
IMO/Off. no. 167405
about the loss
cause lost air raid
other reasons capsized
date lost 08/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 664
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Atlas Werke A. G., Bremen
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Crusader [+1940]
period 1940 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 167405
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[2]Neptun Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft, Bremen
SS Leander
period 1925 ~ 1940
about the wreck
depth (m.) 40 max. / 34 min. (m)
orientation 90°
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/01/2004
last update Allen Tony
last update 01/12/2013
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Armed vessel with 2 boilers. Engine covered with plating. Well broken. Lies off the Isle of Wight, English Channel.

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Lettens Jan06/08/2007Empire Crusader; 1.042 tons; 224x33 ft; Built in 1925 as the LEANDER, for the Neptun Line, Bremen. On the 9th November 1939, she was captured by HMS IRIS off Vigo, Spain. In 1940 she was renamed EMPIRE CRUSADER and requisioned as MOWT and managed by Constantine SS Co. On the 8th August 1940, she was bombed and sunk off Isle of Wight.
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