SS Bursa

Bursa was a 3,750 GRT tanker that was built in 1941 as Empire Crest by Sir J Laing & Sons, Sunderland, United Kingdom. She was built for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1946, she was sold into merchant service and renamed Bursa. She served until she was scrapped in 1961

  • Empire Crest (1944-46)
  • Bursa (1946-61)
Port of registry: Sunderland
Builder: Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd
Yard number: 760
Launched: 7 July 1944
Completed: September 1944
Out of service: 1961
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180143
  • Code Letters GBKG
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Length: 344 ft (105 m)
Beam: 48 ft (15 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine


The ship was built in 1944 by Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland.[1] Yard number 760,[2] she was launched on 7 July and completed in September.[1]

The ship was 344 feet (105 m) long, with a beam of 48 feet (15 m).[3] She was assessed at 3,750 GRT[1] 2,002 NRT.[4] Her DWT was 5,168.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine.


Empire Crest was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd.[3] The Official Number 180143 was allocated.[5] Her port of registry was Sunderland and the Code Letters GBKG were allocated.[4] Empire Crest spent the war years sailing around the coast of the United Kingdom, with some voyages to France from December 1944.[6]

In 1946, Empire Crest was sold to her managers and was renamed Bursa. In 1955, Bursa was sold to Shell Tankers Ltd and placed under the management of Shell Petroleum Co Ltd. She served until 1961 when she was scrapped at Sungei Perampuan, Singapore.[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. "Empire Crest". Helderline. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  3. "EMPIRE - C". Mariners. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  4. "SIGNAL LETTERS OF BRITISH SHIPS". Convoyweb. Retrieved 30 April 2011. (enter GBKG or Empire Crest in relevant search box.)
  5. "ON 180000". Mariners. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  6. "EMPIRE CREST (Br) 3,738 tons, built 1944". Convoyweb. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
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