SS Empire Cabot
Empire Cabot was a 6,715 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1941 for the British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was sold in 1945 and renamed Clearpool. In 1955 she was sold and renamed Grelmarion. A further change of name to Rachel happened in 1959 and she was scrapped later that year.
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|Builder:||William Gray & Co. Ltd.|
|Launched:||9 July 1941|
|Length:||419 ft 2 in (127.76 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 7 in (17.25 m)|
|Depth:||33 ft 9 in (10.29 m)|
|Installed power:||Triple expansion steam engine|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h)|
The ship was 419 feet 2 inches (127.76 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 7 inches (17.25 m) and a depth of 33 feet 9 inches (10.29 m). She had a GRT of 6,715 and a NRT of 4,836. She was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine which had cylinders of 22.5 inches (57 cm), 36 inches (91 cm) and 65 inches (170 cm) diameter by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke. The engine was built by the Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool. The engine drove a single screw propellor and could propel her at 10 knots (19 km/h).
Empire Cabot was allocated the United Kingdom Official Number 168929. She used the Code Letters BCPM. She was owned by the MoWT and operated under the management of Glen & Co Ltd.
Empire Cabot was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- ON 19
Convoy ON 19 departed from Liverpool on 21 September 1941 and from Loch Ewe on 23 September. It dispersed at sea on 7 October. Empire Cabot was in ballast and was bound for Tampa, Florida. She lost contact with the convoy at around 01:00 on 24 September off the Butt of Lewis. She returned to Loch Ewe to await the next convoy.
- ON 21
Convoy ON 21 departed Loch Ewe on 30 September 1941. Empire Cabot was bound for Hampton Roads.
- ON 79
- ON 95
On 28 August 1942 Empire Cabot delivered 19 Spitfire Vb aircraft to Gibraltar on 28 August. The aircraft were serial numbers EP520, EP537, EP567, EP568, EP620, EP622, EP641, EP642, EP650, EP652, EP662, EP667, EP721, EP728, EP790, EP817, EP823, EP832 and EP843.
- SC 125
In 1945, Empire Cabot was sold to Ropner's and renamed Clearpool. On 1 March 1948, she was chartered by the Australian Shipping Board, returning to Ropner's on 8 December. In 1955, Clearpool was sold to Cardigan Shipping Co Ltd, Cardiff and renamed Grelmarion. She was operated under the management of T Walter Gould Ltd. In 1959 she was sold to Bowring & Curry, Hamburg and renamed Rachel. She was operated under the management of Robert M Sloman Jr and was scrapped later that year in Hong Kong. Those lost on Empire Cabot are commemorated at the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
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