MV Aqueity (1945)

Aqueity was an 890 GRT coastal tanker which was built by A & J Inglis Ltd, Glasgow in 1945 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) as Empire Belgrave. In 1947 she was sold to F T Everard and Sons and renamed Aqueity, being lost later that year when she struck a mine and sank off the coast of the Netherlands.

Class and type: Coastal tanker
  • Empire Belgrave (1945-47)
  • Aqueity (1947)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945-47)
  • Shell Tankers Ltd (1947)
  • F T Everard (1947)
  • Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd (1945-47)
  • F T Everard (1947)
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: A. & J. Inglis Ltd, Glasgow
Yard number: 1299
Launched: 16 March 1945
Completed: 19 June 1945
Out of service: 11 November 1947
  • UK Official Number 169440
  • Code Letters GKJW
Fate: Struck a mine and sank 1947
General characteristics
Length: 193 ft (58.83 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.75 m)
Depth: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Propulsion: One 2SCSA oil engine, 125 hp (93 kW)


Empire Belgrave was built by A. & J. Inglis Ltd, Glasgow.[1] She was yard number 1299. Empire Belgrave was launched on 16 March 1945 and completed on 19 June.[2] She was 193 feet (58.83 m) long, with a beam of 32 feet (9.75 m) and a depth of 14 feet 5 inches (4.39 m).[3] Her GRT was 890,[1] DWT 900[4] with a NRT of 382.[3]


Empire Belgrave was managed for the MoWT by the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd.[3] Postwar management passed to Shell Tankers.[5] In 1947, Empire Belgrave was sold to F T Everard & Sons Ltd, Greenhithe and renamed Aqueity. On 11 November 1947, she struck a mine off Terschelling, the Netherlands and sank.[1] The wreck lies in 22 metres (72 ft) of water at 53°32′N 05°02′E.[6]

Official Numbers and Code Letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers. The ship had the UK Official Number 169440 and the Code Letters GKJW.[3]


The ship was propelled by a two-stroke Single Cycle, Single Action diesel engine which had four cylinders of 13 34 inches (350 mm) diameter by 22 716 inches (570 mm) stroke. It was built by British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow.[3]


  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. "1169440". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  3. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  4. "mv EMPIRE BELGRAVE". Clydesite. Archived from the original on 29 July 2005. Retrieved 29 October 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. "Empire Belgrave". Helder Line. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  6. "MV Aqueity (1947)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
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