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Name: EMPIRE FARMER
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 08/03/1943
Completed: 05/1943
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 3
Dimensions: 7049grt, 4140nrt, 430.9 x 56.2 x 26.9ft
Engines: T3cyl (24.5, 39 & 70 x 48ins)
1950: diesel 4 SSA 6 cyl (built 1940)
Engines by: North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co (1938) Ltd, Wallsend
1950: Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 11.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 169166
History:
05/1943 Ministry of War Transport (Lyle Shipping Co Ltd), Newcastle
1945 French Government – Min de la Marine Marchande (Cie Générale
Transatlantique), Le Havre; renamed ADMINISTRATEUR EN CHEF THOMAS
1948 Cie des Transports Océaniques, Le Havre
1950 Achille Lauro, Naples; renamed SANTAGATA
23/12/1950 Wrecked
Comments: A standard ‘B’ type cargo ship
23/12/1950: Wrecked 3 miles NE of South Goodwin light vessel on a voyage
from Casablanca to Leith with phosphate