SS Empire Candida
Empire Candida was a 2,908 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1942 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was sold in 1947 and renamed Burdale and resold in 1948 and renamed Peldale. In 1954, she was sold to Norway and renamed Statius Jansen. A further sale to Hong Kong in 1959 saw her renamed Sunny. In 1961, she was sold to Indonesia, serving until she was scrapped in 1969.
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|Builder:||William Gray & Co. Ltd.|
|Launched:||8 December 1942|
|Length:||315 ft 4 in (96.11 m)|
|Beam:||46 ft 5 in (14.15 m)|
|Depth:||23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)|
|Installed power:||triple expansion steam engine|
She was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine which had cylinders of 20 inches (51 cm), 31 inches (79 cm) and 55 inches (140 cm) diameter by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Central Marine Engine Works Ltd, West Hartlepool.
Empire Candida was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Frederick Jones & Co Ltd. Her port of registry was West Hartlepool. The Code Letters BFFW were allocated. Her Official Number was 168951.
Empire Candida was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- KMS 22
Convoy KMS 22 departed Liverpool on 28 July 1943 and arrived at Gibraltar on 9 August. It departed the same day and arrived at Port Said, Egypt on 20 August. Empire Candida joined the convoy at Bône, Algeria and left it at Tunis, Tunisia. The voyage immediately preceding this was from Bizerta, Tunisia to Bône. Part of her cargo was Tiger Tank No. 131, which had been captured by the Allies. The tank is now preserved at the Bovington Tank Museum, Hampshire.
- MKS 37
Convoy MKS 37 departed Port Said on 10 January 1944 and arrived at Gibraltar on 22 January 1944. It departed the same day and arrived at the Clyde on 3 February. Empire Candida joined the convoy at Bizerta, Tunisia and left it at Bône.
- KMS 45
- KMS 46
- KMS 50
- ON 171
In 1947, Empire Candida was sold to Zinal Shipping Co Ltd, London and renamed Burdale. She was operated under the management of Burness Shipping Co Ltd. The following year, she was sold to Z Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne and renamed Peldale, remaining under Burness's management. In 1954, Peldale was sold to Jansens Rederei A/Z, Bergen and renamed Statius Jansen. In 1959, she was sold to the New China Steamship Co Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed Sunny. She was placed under the management of Wallem & Co Ltd, Hong Kong. In 1961, Sunny was sold to P T Maskapai Pelayaran, Sumatera, Indonesia. In 1969, she was sold for scrapping. On the voyage to the breakers she developed a leak on 5 April 1969 at 20°10′N 120°25′E. She was escorted into Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving on 8 April.
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