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MV Empire Chapman
Career
Name: Empire Chapman (1942-46)
British Commando (1946-59)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1942-46)
British Tanker Co Ltd (1946-59)
Operator: Sir R Ropner & Co Ltd (1942-44)
British Tanker Co Ltd (1944-59)
Port of registry: United Kingdom Belfast (1942-46)
United Kingdom London (1946-59)
Builder: Harland & Wolff
Launched: 1942
Completed: June 1942
Identification: Code Letters BDXV
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United Kingdom Official Number 168512
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Tanker
Tonnage: 8,194 GRT
4,777 NRT
Length: 465 ft 6 in (141.88 m)
Beam: 59 ft 5 in (18.11 m)
Depth: 33 ft 8 in (10.26 m)
Installed power: 4SCSA diesel engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Armament: Anti-torpedo nets (Empire Chapman)

Empire Chapman was a 8,194 GRT tanker which was built in 1945 by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1946 she was sold into merchant service and renamed British Commando. She was scrapped in 1959.

Description

The ship was built by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast. She was launched in 1942 and completed in June 1942.[1]

The ship was 465 feet 6 inches (141.88 m) long, with a beam of 59 feet 5 inches (18.11 m) and a depth of 33 feet 8 inches (10.26 m). She had a GRT of 8,194 and a NRT of 4,777.[1]

The ship was propelled by a 4-stroke Single Cycle Single Acting diesel engine, which had eight cylinders of 25 916 inches (64.9 cm) diameter by 55 18 inches (140 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Harland & Wolff.[1]

History

Empire Chapman was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Sir R Ropner & Co Ltd. Her port of registry was Belfast. The Code Letters BDXV and United Kingdom Official Number 168512 were allocated.[1]

Empire Chapman was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.

HX 239

Convoy HX 239 departed from New York on 13 May 1943 and arrived at Liverpool on 28 May. Empire Chapman was bound for the Stanlow Refinery, Ellesmere Port. She was equipped with Anti-torpedo nets.[2]

HX 298

Convoy HX 298 departed from New York on 3 July 1944 and arrived at Liverpool on 18 July. Empire Chapman was bound for the Stanlow Refinery.[3]

In 1944, Empire Champan was placed under the management of the British Tanker Co Ltd.[4] In 1946, Empire Chapman was sold to the British Tanker Co Ltd and was renamed British Commando. Her port of registry was changed to London.[5] She served until 1959 when she was scrapped at Bruges, Belgium.[6]

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