Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Arrived:13 November 1946
Departed:1 July 1947
Career:Built as EMPIRE CARPENTER for Ministry of War Transport. April 1944 transferred to Russian flag and renamed DICKSON, on bareboat charter. Returned to British flag October 1944 and reverted to name EMPIRE CARPENTER. Laid up in River Blackwater to await instructions from Ministry of Transport.
March 1947:
EMPIRE CARPENTER - Brightlingsea, Mar. 26. - During a gale on the night of Mar. 16-17 steamer Empire Carpenter, laid up in the River Blackwater, dragged her anchor and fouled steamer CAIRO CITY, also laid up. It is understood that the two vessels were in collision several times before tugs Sun V. and Sun XI. Remoored the Empire Carpenter on Mar. 19. The CAIRO CITY sustained slight damage to upper works, two lifeboats and four liferafts. Damage to Empire Carpenter, if any, unknown. [ From Lloyds Weekly Casualty Reports with thanks to Guildhall Library ].
1947 she was sold to Petrinovic Steamship Co., of London and renamed PETFRANO.
Renamed AMIPA-1955, APEX-1958, AFROS-1968. Broken up Shanghai 17 March 1971.
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 28 December 1946 Compensation 6 wks 4 days, Ministry of Transport.
- 29 June 1947 Compensation 2 wks 1 day.
Arrived 13 Nov 1948 departed 1 July 1947 [ George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List]
Tonnage:7,025 gross
Type:Cargo ship
Official No:168745

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