MV Empire Cheer
Empire Cheer was a 7,297 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1943 by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was built for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and completed in July 1943. After the Second World War she was sold to her managers, Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, who renamed her Cornish City. On 8 December 1962 she suffered an engine room fire, after which she was scrapped in March 1963.
The ship was 428 feet 8 inches (130.66 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 5 inches (17.20 m) and a depth of 35 feet 5 inches (10.80 m). She had a gross register tonnage (GRT) of 7,297 and a net register tonnage (NRT) of 4,936. Her deadweight tonnage (DWT) was 10,073.
Empire Cheer was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Sir W Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. The United Kingdom Official Number 169115 and the Code Letters BFJJ were allocated. Her port of registry was Sunderland.
Empire Cheer was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- HX 305
- MKS 97G
In 1946, Empire Cheer was sold to Sir W Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd who renamed her Cornish City, the fourth Reardon Smith Line ship to carry that name. She served until 1962. On 8 December, the ship was in port at Aden when a fire broke out in her engine room, killing two of her crew. Cornish City arrived at Hong Kong for scrapping on 7 March 1963.
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