SS Empire Collins
Empire Collins was a 9,795 GRT tanker which was built in 1942 by Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1945 she was sold into merchant service and renamed Southern Collins. She was sold in 1956 to Panama and renamed Cassian Sailor. In 1960 she was sold to Pakistan and renamed Mushtari. She was scrapped in 1964.
The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 27 inches (69 cm), 44 inches (110 cm) and 76 inches (190 cm) diameter by 51 inches (130 cm) stroke. The engine was built by North East Marine Engine Co (1938) Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne. The engine could propel her at 10 knots (19 km/h) empty, 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h) loaded.
Empire Collins was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Haldin & Phillips Ltd. Her port of registry was Sunderland. The Code Letters BFFM and United Kingdom Official Number 169106 were allocated.
Empire Collins was a member of a number of convoys in the Second World War.
- ON 161
- MKS 16
Convoy MKS 16 departed Alexandria, Egypt on 24 June 1943, and arrived at Tripoli, Libya on 29 June. Leaving Tripoli that day, it arrived at Gibraltar on 6 July. The convoy departed Gibraltar on 9 July 1943 and arrived at Liverpool on 22 July. Empire Collins departed from Algiers.
In 1945, Empire Collins was sold to The South Georgia Co Ltd. She was placed under the management of Christian Salvesen & Co Ltd and was renamed Southern Collins. Her port of registry was changed to Leith. In 1952, Southern Collins ran aground at the entrance to Leith Harbour and was holed, losing much of her cargo of whale oil.
In May 1956, Southern Collins was sold to San Felicia Compagnia Navigacion, Panama and was renamed Cassian Sailor. In April 1960, she was sold to the Gulf Steamship Co Ltd, Karachi, West Pakistan and was renamed Mushtari. She was scrapped in 1964 at Karachi.
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