Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      EMPIRE BEATRICE
Arrived:6 November 1944
Departed:19 April 1945
Career:Built as EMPIRE BEATRICE. Renamed BEATRICE N.-1949, MARY K.-1953, WINCHESTER PROWESS-1965, GRAZIA BOTTIGLIERI-1966 and broken up Split December 1968.
Some sources give WINCHESTER PRINCESS instead of WINCHESTER PROWESS.

27 July 1944 Torpedoed by E Boat off Dungeness. Stern 'shattered'. Beached. 4 crew killed, 3 missing, 12 passengers missing. Aft 50 ft cut off stern. Refloated. Passed Southend 18 Aug 1944. Beached Blyth Sands (Lower River Thames) 22 Aug 1944. Temporary repairs London. Passed Southend 4 Nov for Glasgow for repairs. At Brightlingsea awaiting tow to Glasgow. Sailed Brightlingsea 20 Apr 1945 in tow for Glasgow. Clyde Anchorage 26 Apr 1945. Repaired Glasgow. [Details from National Archives BT 389/32/122].

From Oyster Company ledger:
- 31 March 1945 21 weeks compensation. Harrisons (London) Ltd.
- 19 April 1945 compensation.
Arrived 6 Nov 1944 departed 19 Apr 1945 [George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List]

Tonnage:7,046 gross
Built:1943
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:British Government
Official No:168994
ID1168994

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