The Empire Ships: A Record of British-Built and Acquired Merchant Ships during the Second World War

By: Mitchell, W.E.; Sawyer, L.A.

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Second edition. Corners lightly pushed. 1990 Hard Cover. viii, 487, [15] pp. Empire ships were the result of a standard naming system adopted by the Ministry of Shipping in 1939. All merchant ships ordered to be built in Britain to Government account, except very small ship types, were given the prefix 'Empire' to their name. This also applied to ships acquired through purchase, requisition, or taken in prize, although in the event there were some exceptions. This book is the definitive record of these ships whose names recur throughout the maritime history of the Second World War and the post-war years. Built 'Empire ships are listed within general ship types and then sublisted to each building yard. Then follow historical notes on each shipyard and ships built under private contract or licence during the war years and the 'shoulder' months of the war. Details given for each ship include the yard number, gross tonnage, overall length, length between perpendiculars and the breadth. Engines are shown as triple expansion, compound, turbine, or oil. Historical details include changes of name and/or ownership, from building to present disposition or final disposal and launching and completion dates and yard numbers. Acquired Empire ships included numerous ageing, but valuable, tramp ships sent in 1941-42 from the United States of America and modern C2 and C3 type ships on Lease/Lend arrangement, and thirteen C1-type ships. During the war the bulk of ships suffering serious damage, either through enemy action or as marine casualties, were repaired and sent on their ways, but others that were badly damaged or sunk were salved, even to the extent of fitting new foreparts, most of them being requisitioned by the Ministry and allotted 'Empire' names. A number of German ships seized in 1939 and several captured on the high seas and some Italian ships seized in Eritrea in 1941 and more taken when Italy surrendered in 1943 were generally renamed as 'Empire' ships, as were a large number of German ships confiscated in North European and German ports. Intensive research by Mitchell & Sawyer has been continually updated over the years since the first edition in 1965 and this edition includes 118 photographs and many line illustrations.

Title: The Empire Ships: A Record of British-Built and Acquired Merchant Ships during the Second World War

Author: Mitchell, W.E.; Sawyer, L.A.

Categories: British, Boats & Watercraft,

Edition: Second Edition

Publisher: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd: 1990

ISBN Number: 1850442754

ISBN Number 13: 9781850442752

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2299911

Keywords: TRANSPORTATION BOATS SHIPS WATERCRAFT MERCHANT VESSELS BRITISH ENGLISH WORLD WAR II WWII TWO 2,