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Name: BRITISH CORPORAL
Type: Tanker
Launched: 29/11/1921
Completed: 05/1922
Builder: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 923
Dimensions: 10817dwt, 6972grt, 4072nrt, 440.0 x 57.1 x 33.8ft
Engines: 2 x steam turbines, DR geared, 3270shp
Engines by: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 146561
History:
05/1922 British Tanker Co Ltd, London
1942 Ministry of War Transport; renamed EMPIRE CORPORAL
14/08/1942 Sank
Comments: 04/07/1940: Attacked by a German E-Boat, 10 miles south of Portland Bill
Damage very severe and she was declared a total loss
1942: Taken over by the Ministry of War Transport and repaired
14/08/1942: Sunk by torpedo from U-Boat U598 north of Cuba
7 of the crew were killed


Photo courtesy of John Crossland