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MV Empire Beacon
Career
Class and type: Coaster
Name: Empire Beacon
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: John Stewart & Co (Shipping) Ltd
Port of registry: United Kingdom Glasgow
Builder: Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling
Launched: 24 September 1941
Completed: February 1942
Identification: UK Official Number 168695
Code Letters BCSY
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Fate: Struck a mine and sank, 5 April 1942
General characteristics
Tonnage: 872 GRT
Length: 203 ft (61.87 m)
Beam: 33 ft 2 in (10.11 m)
Depth: 11 ft 7 in (3.53 m)
Propulsion: 6-cylinder SCSA Oil engine, 80 hp (60 kW)

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Empire Beacon was an 872 GRT coaster which was built in 1941. She was owned by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and managed by John Stewart & Co (Shipping) Ltd. Empire Beacon struck a mine and sank off St. Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire on 5 April 1942.

Career

Empire Beacon was built by Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling, West Dunbartonshire.[1] She was yard number 358 and was launched on 24 September 1941 and completed in November that year.[2] Empire Beacon was built for the MoWT and placed under the management of John Stewart & Co (Shipping) Ltd. Her port of registry was Glasgow.[3]

Sinking

On 5 April 1942, Empire Beacon struck a mine and sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) off St. Ann's Head (51°41′N 5°10′W / 51.683°N 5.167°W / 51.683; -5.167).[1][2]

Official Numbers and Code Letters

Official numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers. Empire Beacon had the UK Official Number 168695 and used the Code Letters BCSY.[2][3]

Propulsion

Empire Beacon was powered a Single Cycle, Single Action oil engines,[3] driving a single screw.[2] The cylinders were 1338 in (340mm) diameter by 22716 in (570 mm) stroke. The engine developed 80 horsepower (60 kW).[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "1168695". Miramar Ship Index. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. Retrieved 18 October 2009.  (subscription required)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=41b0988.pdf. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 

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