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Name: EMPIRE FRANKLIN
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 28/04/1941
Completed: 06/1941
Builder: J Readhead & Sons Ltd
Yard: South Shields
Yard Number: 522
Dimensions: 7292grt, 5111nrt, 432.4 x 56.7 x 34.6ft
Engines: T3cyl (25, 42 & 71 x 48ins), 435nhp
Engines by: J Readhead & Sons Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 168649
History:
06/1941 Ministry of War Transport (Hall Brothers Steamship Co Ltd, managers), South Shields
1945 Bank Line Ltd, Glasgow; renamed HAZELBANK
1957 Cia Naviera Nuevo Mundo SA, Panama City; renamed IRINICOS
1960 Paleocrassas Bros & Partners, Piraeus
1963 Salinas Cia Naviera SA, Panama City; renamed IRIS II
15/02/1967 Broken up
Comments: Soon after completion converted to a CAM (Catapult Aircraft Merchantman) ship
Equiped with a Hawker Hurricane fighter that could be launched but not recovered
Used to shoot down German aircraft that were shadowing convoys & homing in U-Boats
15/02/67: Broken up at Hong Kong by Ming Hing & Co


EMPIRE FRANKLIN after CAM conversion. Photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Photo as HAZELBANK courtesy of Stuart Smith

Photo as IRINICOS courtesy of Stuart Smith