SS Empire Kestrel
SS Empire Kestrel was a 2,674 GRT, 5,050 DWT cargo ship built by Great Lakes Engineering Works of Ecorse, Michigan. Completed in 1919 as SS Lake Ellithorpe for the United States Shipping Board (USSB), she was sold to the New England, New York & Texas Steamship Corporation of New York in 1927, then to the Newtex Steamship Corporation of New York City in 1928. In 1932, she was renamed Texas Trader. In 1940 she was sold to the Ministry of War Transport. Reflagged as a British ship and renamed Empire Kestrel, she was managed by William Reardon Smith & Sons Co.
|Builder:||Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan|
|Launched:||28 August 1919|
|Out of service:||1940|
|Identification:||US Official number: 219019|
|Fate:||Sold to UK, 1940|
|Name:||SS Empire Kestrel|
|Owner:||Ministry of War Transport|
|Operator:||William Reardon Smith & Sons|
|Identification:||UK Official number: 167612|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk, 16 August 1943|
|Length:||253 ft 5 in (77.24 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft 10 in (13.36 m)|
|Depth:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
She was attacked on 16 August 1943 by an Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.79 aircraft, piloted by Lt. Vezio Terzi, and sunk by an aerial torpedo off the coast Algeria, near Bgayet, in position 37°10′N 04°35′E while part of Convoy UGS-13.
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