SS Manticos

Manticos was a 3,538 GRT heavy lift ship which was built by William Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool in 1944 as Empire Barbados for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In 1948 she was sold and renamed Tennyson. She was sold again in 1950 and renamed Berylstone and in 1960 was again sold and renamed Manticos. On 8 October 1963 she developed a leak, and despite efforts to save her she sank on 22 October 1963.

  • Empire Barbados (1944–48)
  • Tennyson (1948–50)
  • Berylstone (1950–60)
  • Manticos (1960–63)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1944–48)
  • Rodney Steamship Co Ltd (1948–50)
  • T Stone (Shipping) Ltd (1950–60)
  • Compagnia Navigazione Zannis (1960–63)
  • Joseph Constantine Steamship Line Ltd (1945–48)
  • Anglo-Danubian Shipping Co (1948–50)
  • Stone & Rolfe Ltd, Swansea (1950–60)
  • A Halcoussis & Co, Greece (1960–63)
Port of registry:
  • West Hartlepool (1945–48)
  • United Kingdom (1948–50)
  • Llanelly (1950-60)
  • Greece (1960–63)
Builder: William Gray & Co. Ltd., Hartlepool.
Yard number: 1178
Launched: 28 December 1944
Completed: March 1945
  • UK Official Number 180081 (1945-60)
  • Code Letters GFDX (1945)
Fate: foundered on 22 October 1963
General characteristics
Length: 315 ft 5 in (96.14 m)
Beam: 46 ft 5 in (14.15 m)
Depth: 22 ft 1 in (6.73 m)
Propulsion: 1 x triple expansion steam engine (Central Marine Engine Works, West Hartlepool)
  • 250,700 cubic feet (7,100 m3) cargo space,
  • 1 × 80 ton derrick, 1 x 50 ton derrick, 8 x 3 ton derricks
Location of the sinking of Manticos off Guinea-Bissau.


Empire Barbados was built by William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as yard number 1178. She was launched on 28 December 1944 and completed in March 1945. She was built for the MoWT[1] and was initially operated under the management of Joseph Constantine Steamship Line Ltd.[2] In 1946, management passed to the Rodney Steamship Co Ltd, London.[3] In 1948 she was sold to the Rodney Steamship Co Ltd and renamed Tennyson, serving with them for two years under the management of Anglo-Danubian Transport Co Ltd, London. In 1950, Tennyson was sold to T Stone (Shipping) Ltd and renamed Berylstone. She was operated under the management of Stone & Rolfe Ltd, Swansea.[1] Her port of registry was Llanelly. On 14 September 1951, Berylstone was bombed by three Soviet aircraft off Archangelsk.[4] Berylstone served for ten years and was sold in 1960 to Compagnia Navigazione Zannis. Greece and renamed Manticos. She was operated under the management of A Halcoussis & Co, Greece.[1]


On 8 October 1963, Manticos was on a voyage from Libreville, Gabon bound for the Mediterranean with a cargo of logs when she developed a leak. She was beached some 210 nautical miles (390 km) south of Dakar, Senegal[1] (11°14′N 16°32′W).[3] On 16 October, a tug was alongside, assisting with pumping operations but on 22 October the leak increased and the stern section of Manticos submerged. The ship was declared a total loss.[1]

Official number and code letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.

Empire Barbados had the UK Official Number 180081 and used the Code Letters GFDX.[2]


  1. Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. pp. 203–04. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.
  2. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  3. "EMPIRE - B". Mariners-L. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  4. "Bombs Near British Ship". The Times (52136). London. 19 October 1951. col D, p. 4.
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