Yard No. 323

built by J Reid Whiteinch in 1902



Yard Number 323, was named COLONIAL EMPIRE when launched on Monday, 10/02/1902 by J Reid Whiteinch , for G. Duncan & Co, London. .

She is recorded as having sank on 17/09/1917

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1902
Ship Type: Steel barque
Ship's Role: Cargo
Tonnage: 2436 grt / 2281 nrt
Length: 302 feet
Breadth: 43 feet
Draught: 25 feet
Owner History:
G. Duncan & Co, London.
1908: Cook & Dundas, London.
1917: H. & C. Grayson Ltd, London.
1917: Anglo-American Oil Co.

Additional Information:
O.N. 114848.
Completed in March.
06/03/1902 Registered at London.
1908: The owner, James Duncan, died and the business was taken over by James Cook, cashier in the Duncan office, and Alexander Dundas, who has acted as the insurance clerk.
1915: After being ashore near Belle Island she was refloated but her registration was closed in 1916.
In 1917 she was purchased by H. & C. Grayson, re~registered and sold to Anglo~American Oil Co Ltd. 1917: Finally, the last of the "Empires" fleet, foundered on a submerged rock in Delagoa Bay with a cargo of kerosene and oil.
(Data from David P. H. Watson, biographer of the Captains Watson and the Empire Line).

The provenance of this particular photo is unknown but another from the gallery pictures has posted by John Ward~McQuaid.
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