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SS Empire Dew
Name: Empire Dew
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Port of registry: United Kingdom Greenock, United Kingdom
Builder: Lithgows Ltd
Yard number: 940
Launched: 21 November 1940
Completed: January 1941
Maiden voyage: 2 February 1941
Out of service: 12 June 1941
Identification: United Kingdom Official Number 166993
Code Letters GPFM
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Fate: Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 7,005 GRT
5,135 NRT
Length: 432 ft 0 in (131.67 m)
Beam: 56 ft 2 in (17.12 m)
Draught: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
Depth: 34 ft 2 in (10.41 m)
Installed power: 436 ihp (325 kW)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine
Crew: 42 (including DEMS gunners)

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Empire Dew was a 7,005 GRT Cargo ship that was built in 1940 by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow, United Kingdom for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) . She was torpedoed and sunk by U-48 in 1941.


The ship was built in 1940 by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow.[1] She was yard number 940.[2]

The ship was 432 feet 0 inches (131.67 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 2 inches (17.12 m). She had a depth of 34 feet 2 inches (10.41 m) and a draught of 26 feet 3 inches (8.00 m). She was assessed at 7,005 GRT. 5,135 NRT.[3]

The ship was propelled by a 436 indicated horsepower (325 kW) triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 23 12 inches (60 cm), 37 12 inches (95 cm) and 68 inches (170 cm) diameter by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Rankin & Blackmore Ltd, Greenock.[3]


Empire Dew was built for the MoWT. Launched on 21 November 1940, she was completed in January 1941.[1] She was placed under the management of R Chapman & Son Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.[4] The Official Number 166993 and Code Letters GPFM were allocated.[3] Her port of registry was Greenock.[5]

Empire Dew departed from the Clyde on her maiden voyage on 2 February 1941 as a member of Convoy OB 281, which departed from Liverpool, Lancashire on 1 February and dispersed at sea on 5 February.[6] Her destination was Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she arrived on 24 February.[7] From Halifax, a return trip was made to Saint John, New Brunswick, arriving back at Halifax on 10 March.[7] Empire Dew was a member of Convoy SC 26, which departed from Halifax on 20 March and arrived at Liverpool on 8 April. She was carrying a cargo of flour destined for Leith, East Lothian.[8] She left the convoy at the Clyde on 8 April.[7] Empire Dew was a member of Convoy WN 114, which departed from the Clyde on 13 April and arrived at Methil, Fife on 16 April.[9] She departed from Methil on 28 April as a member of Convoy FS 475, which arrived at Southend, Essex on 30 April.[10]

Empire Dew was a member of Convoy EC 27, which departed from Southend on 31 May and arrived at the Clyde on 6 June.[11] She left the convoy at Oban, Argyllshire on 5 June, to join Convoy OG 64,[7] which departed from Liverpool on 4 June and arrived at Gibraltar on 18 June.[12] She detached from the convoy and headed for Father Point, New Brunswick, Canada.[4] Her intended destination was Montreal.[12]

At 02:51 (German time) on 12 June, Empire Dew was torpedoed when north of the Azores, Portugal (51°09′N 30°16′W / 51.15°N 30.267°W / 51.15; -30.267Coordinates: 51°09′N 30°16′W / 51.15°N 30.267°W / 51.15; -30.267) by U-48, under the command of Herbert Schulze. Twenty three crew were lost. Seventeen crew and two DEMS gunners were rescued by HNoMS St. Albans. They were landed at Liverpool.[4] Those killed serving on Empire Dew are commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mitchell, W.H.; Sawyer, L.A. (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. not cited. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. "Launched 1940: ss EMPIRE DEW". Clydesite. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Empire Dew". Uboat. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Empire Day to Empire Engineer". Brian Watson. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  6. "Convoy OB.281". Convoyweb.!~obmain. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "EMPIRE DEW". Convoyweb. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  8. "CONVOY SC 26". Warsailors. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  9. "Convoy WN.114". Convoyweb.!~wnmain. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  10. "Convoy FS.475 = Convoy FS.75 / Phase 5". Convoyweb.!~fsmain. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  11. "Convoy EC.27". Convoyweb.!~ecmain. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Convoy OG.64". Convoyweb.!~ogmain. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 

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