Yard No. 311

built by William Hamilton & Co Port Glasgow in 1919



Yard Number 311, was named CLAN MATHESON when launched on Tuesday, 18/02/1919 by William Hamilton & Co Port Glasgow , for The Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), Glasgow .

Her main engines were built by D Rowan & Co Ltd, Glasgow , she was powered by Steam triple expansion T3cy 517nhp 1scr

Other names she bore were: BOGONG/YOU YANG (intended), CLAN MORGAN (launched). HARMODIUS (1948), CLAIRE T (1951), EMPIRE CLAIRE (1955). Her last recorded name was EMPIRE CLAIRE (1955)

This ship had an unhappy end, as she was scuttled on 27/07/1955

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1919
Ship Type: Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 5613grt, 3453nrt
Length: 397.1 feet
Breadth: 51.4 feet
Draught: 34.0 feet depth
Owner History:
The Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), Glasgow
1948 British & South American Steam Nav Co Ltd (Houston Line Ltd), Glasgow
1951 Heron Steamship Co Ltd (mng Tsavliris Shipping Co), London
1953 Romney Steamship Co Ltd (same mng), London
1955 Ministry of Transport, London

Additional Information:
ON 141896
Laid down 1917 as smaller vessel (4360grt), sister of CHRONOS and MACEDON, for Australian Steamships Ltd, Sydney; first proposed name BOGONG, then YOU YANGS.
Contract sold to Clan Line on order of Shipping Controller and design lengthened and modified.
Scuttled in North Atlantic at 56.30N 12.0W carrying obsolete ammunition

Photo supplied by Joe McMillan
Previous update by Paul Strathdee, Gavin Stewart and George Robinson