MV Empire Albany

Empire Albany was a 306-ton Coaster which was built in 1944. She was renamed Albany in 1946 and disappeared on a voyage between Port Talbot and Rosslare in 1946.

  • Empire Albany (1944-46)
  • Albany (1946)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1944-46)
  • Mrs P Dowds (1946)
  • J Fisher & Sons Ltd (1944-46)
  • Mrs P Dowds (1946)
Port of registry:
  • Lowestoft (1944-46)
  • Ireland (1946)
Builder: Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft
Yard number: 337
Launched: 3 October 1944
Completed: December 1944
  • UK Official Number 166695 (1944-46)
  • Code letters MPDM (1944-46)
Fate: Sank 20 November 1946
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 306 GRT
Length: 132 ft 5 in (40.36 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Depth: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
Propulsion: 2 x SCSA diesel engines (Crossley, Manchester) 110 hp (82 kW)


Empire Albany was built by Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft as yard number 337. She was launched on 3 October 1944 and completed in December 1944. Empire Airman was owned by the Ministry of War Transport[1] and operated under the management of the J Fisher & Sons Ltd.[2]

In 1946, Empire Albany was sold to Mrs P Dowds, Ireland and renamed Albany. On 20 November 1946, Albany departed Port Talbot bound for Rosslare, but did not arrive.[3] Albany was carrying a cargo of coal. Two ship's boats and the name board from Albany were washed up near St David's Head on 22 November.[4]

Official number and code letters

Official numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.

Empire Airman had the Official Number 166695 on Lloyd's Register and used the Code Letters MPBM[2]


  1. "1166695". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  2. "NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  3. "Empire-A". Mariners-L. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  4. Mitchell, W H; Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. 234. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.

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