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Yard No. 458
ss EMPIRE TRUMPET



Yard Number 458 was named EMPIRE TRUMPET when launched on Tuesday 09/03/1943 by William Hamilton & Co Port Glasgow for Ministry of War Transport London

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1943
Ship Type: Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 7059grt
Length: 432.7ft
Breadth: 56.2ft
Draught: 34.2ft

Owner History:
Ministry of War Transport London
1946 Charente S.S Co Ltd (T&J Harrison) Liverpool
1959 B Ashworth & Co (Overseas) Ltd London
1965 Iranian Shipping Lines SA, Khorramshahr
1966 P Frangoulis & A.I Cliafas, Piraeus


Her main engines were built by D Rowan & Co Ltd, Glasgow , she was powered by Steam Triple Exp 3 Cyl (HP 24.5", IP 39", LP 70", Stroke 48") - 3 x Single Ended Boilers supplying superheated steam at max press 220lbs.

Other names she bore were: NATURALIST (1946) | PERSIAN CYRUS (1959) | HAMDAN (1965). Her last recorded name was KOULA F (1966)

She was wrecked on 25/07/1966

Additional Information:
1943/1946 Chartered to Govt of South Africa.
B Ashworth & Co (Overseas) Ltd, London were managing agents for Iranian Lloyd Co Ltd, Khorramshahr.
Ran aground 25/07/1966 on Qais/Kish Island in the approaches to the Straits of Hormuz in posn 26,20N 53,54E. Attempts to refloat her by the Dutch salvage tug "ORINOCO" were unsuccessful and she was abandoned as a constructive total loss.
1966 Reported to have been renamed "HELIAS" but this name does not appear to have been registered.

Photo depicting vessel as "NATURALIST" supplied by Joe McMillan Collection
Additional information from Joe McMillan Collection and Lloyds Register 1950_51.
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