Empire ships were a series of ships in the service of the British
Government. Their names were all prefixed with "Empire". Mostly they
were used during
World War II
* 1 Suffix beginning with L
* 1.1 Empire Labrador * 1.2 Empire Labuan * 1.3 Empire Lad * 1.4 Empire Lady * 1.5 Empire Lagan * 1.6 Empire Lagoon * 1.7 Empire Lagos * 1.8 Empire Laird * 1.9 Empire Lake * 1.10 Empire Lakeland * 1.11 Empire Lambeth * 1.12 Empire Lance * 1.13 Empire Lancer * 1.14 Empire Lankester * 1.15 Empire Lantern * 1.16 Empire Lapwing * 1.17 Empire Larch * 1.18 Empire Lark * 1.19 Empire Lass * 1.20 Empire Latimer * 1.21 Empire Launcelot * 1.22 Empire Law * 1.23 Empire Lawn * 1.24 Empire Lawrence * 1.25 Empire Lea * 1.26 Empire Leech * 1.27 Empire Leonard * 1.28 Empire Leopard * 1.29 Empire Lethe * 1.30 Empire Lewis * 1.31 Empire Lewisham * 1.32 Empire Liberty * 1.33 Empire Liddell * 1.34 Empire Life * 1.35 Empire Lifeguard * 1.36 Empire Light * 1.37 Empire Lightning * 1.38 Empire Lilliput * 1.39 Empire Lily * 1.40 Empire Linden * 1.41 Empire Lionel * 1.42 Empire Livingstone * 1.43 Empire Lizard * 1.44 Empire Lola * 1.45 Empire Longford * 1.46 Empire Longstone * 1.47 Empire Lord * 1.48 Empire Lorenzo * 1.49 Empire Lotus * 1.50 Empire Lough * 1.51 Empire Lowlander * 1.52 Empire Lucy * 1.53 Empire Lugard * 1.54 Empire Lundy * 1.55 Empire Lune * 1.56 Empire Lynx * 1.57 Empire Lytton
* 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Sources
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Empire Labrador was a 3,539 GRT cargo ship which was built by William
Gray & Co Ltd,
West Hartlepool . Launched on 19 August 1944 and
completed in October 1944. Sold in 1949 to Williamson & Co Ltd, Hong
Kong and renamed Incharran. Seized on 1 May 1950 by a Chinese
Nationalist warship . She was released with the assistance of HMS
Mounts Bay . On 12 February 1953 she was attacked by Chinese
Nationalist warships when in the Strait of Formosa but evaded capture
and safely reached Hong Kong. Sold in 1955 to Indo-China Steam
Navigation Co Ltd,
Empire Labuan was a 7,339 GRT cargo ship which was built by William
Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. Launched on 5 September 1944 as Empire
Labuan and completed in November 1944 as HMS Holm Sound (F 189), an
aircraft component repair and maintenance ship. Completed one wartime
tour to Gibraltar, Malta, Port Said, Aden, Bombay, Cochin, Ceylon,
Cocas Islands, Fremantle and return, in support of the Pacific fleet.
Sold in 1949 to Aviation & Shipping Ltd and reconverted to a cargo
ship, renamed Avisbay. Operated under the management of Purvis
Shipping Co Ltd, London. Sold in 1950 to
Elder Dempster Lines ,
Empire Lad was a 298 GRT coastal tanker which was built by Rowhedge
Ironworks Ltd ,
Empire Lagan was an 11,399 GRT escort aircraft carrier which was
Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. , Chester ,
Refitted as a passenger ship with superstructure extended to the
stern, and extra lifeboats, now 11,672 GRT. Sold in 1955 to Compagnia
Navigazione Tasmania SA and renamed Tasmania. Operated under the
management of Hellenic Mediterranean lines. Sold in 1961 to China
Empire Lagoon was a 2,013 GRT collier which was built by Grangemouth
Dockyard Co Ltd ,
Grangemouth . Launched on 15 March 1941 and
completed in June 1941. Sold in 1946 to Hudson Steamship Co Ltd,
Empire Lagos was a 7,058 GRT cargo ship which was built by Short
Brothers Ltd , Sunderland . Laid down as Empire Lagos but launched on
31 October 1944 as HMS Solway Firth, an aircraft engine repair ship.
Completed in 1947 by Amsterdam Drydock Company as a 7,339 GRT cargo
ship. Sold to Skibs Kongsberg and renamed Kongsberg. Operated by A G
Olsen, Norway. Sold in 1955 to Rederi A/B Borgtramp and renamed
Olofsborg. Operated under the management of J A Zachariassen, Finland
. Sold in 1959 to Polish Steamship Co,
Empire Laird was a 313 GRT collier which was built by Richard Dunston
Ltd, Thorne ,
Empire Lake was a 2,852 GRT collier which was built by William Gray 51.783 .
Empire Lakeland was a 7,015 GRT cargo ship which was built by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields . Launched on 14 September 1942 and completed in November 1942. She was managed by Blue Star Line . Torpedoed on 11 March 1943 and sunk by U-190 while a member of Convoy SC 121 .
Empire Lambeth was a 2,250 GRT collier which was built by John Crown
& Sons Ltd , Sunderland. Launched on 15 July 1946 as Empire Lambeth
and completed in September 1946 as Dashwood for William France,
Fenwick & Co Ltd. Scrapped in June 1961 at
Empire Lance was a 7,177 GRT (11,650 tons displacement ) Type
C1-S-AY-1 cargo ship which was built by Consolidated Steel Corporation
, Wilmington ,
Empire Lancer was a 7,037 GRT cargo ship which was built by Lithgows Ltd , Port Glasgow . Launched on 31 August 1942 and completed in November 1942. Torpedoed on 16 August 1944 by U-862 and sunk in the Mozambique Channel .
Empire Lankester was a 7,067 GRT cargo ship which was built by
William Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. Launched on 24 February 1944
and completed in April 1944. Sold in 1948 to
Clan Line Steamers Ltd
and renamed Clan Mackellar. Sold in 1961 to Mullion & Co Ltd,
Empire Lantern was a 6,854 GRT cargo ship which was built by Hong Kong 124.400 .
Empire Lapwing was a 5,358 GRT cargo ship which was built by Merchant Shipbuilding Corp, Harriman , Pennsylvania. Completed in 1921 as Ala for the United States Shipping Board (USSB). To American Diamond Lines Inc in 1931. To Black Diamond Lines Inc in 1935 and renamed Black Condor. To MoWT in 1941 and renamed Empire Lapwing. Allocated in 1942 to the Belgian Government and renamed Belgian Fighter. Torpedoed on 9 October 1942 by U-68 and sunk at 35°00′S 18°30′E / 35.000°S 18.500°E / -35.000; 18.500 .
Empire Larch was a 487 GRT tug which was built by Goole Shipbuilding -8.417 with a cargo of 7,669 tons of chemical ammunition and 20 tons of contaminated earth.
Empire Lass was an 813 GRT (850 DWT ) coastal tanker which was built
Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Grangemouth. Launched on 31 July 1941
and completed in January 1942. Sold in 1946 to Anglo-American Oil Co
Ltd and renamed
Empire Latimer was a 7,244 GRT cargo ship which was built by William
Doxford & Sons Ltd , Sunderland. Launched on 14 August 1941 and
completed in December 1941. Allocated in 1942 to the Norwegian
Government and renamed Kronprinsessen. Sold in 1946 to E Rasmussen,
Empire Launcelot was a 2,890 GRT cargo ship which was built by Ailsa
Shipbuilding Co Ltd ,
Empire Law was an 8,127 GRT tanker which was built by Furness
Shipbuilding, Haverton Hill-on-Tees . Launched on 27 November 1943 and
completed in March 1944. To
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Empire Lawn was a 254 GRT tug which was built by Ferguson Brothers
Ltd Port Glasgow. Launched on 1 April 1942 and completed in May 1942.
Empire Lea was a 2,563 GRT cargo ship which was built by Nakskov
Empire Leech was a 363 GRT coastal tanker which was built by J Smit,
Alblasserdam , Netherlands. Launched in 1929 as Escaut for William
Muller & Co, Netherlands. Attacked on 25 March 1941 by German aircraft
Empire Leonard was a 235 GRT tug which was built by A Hall "> SS West Haven
Empire Leopard was a 5,676 GRT cargo ship which was built by Skinner -45.367 while a member of Convoy SC 107 .
Empire Lethe was a 369 GRT coaster which was built by R Williamson &
Empire Lewis was a 138 GRT tug which was built by R Dunston Ltd, Thorne. Launched on 29 May 1943 and completed in August 1943. Sold in 1947 to the Cypriot Government and renamed Desdemona. Sold in 1987 to a Turkish buyer and renamed Kaptan Dursun.
Empire Lewisham was a 1,059 GRT coaster which was built by G Brown &
Co (Marine) Ltd, Greenock. Launched on 27 November 1945 and completed
in February 1946. Sold in 1946 to J Hay & Sons Ltd,
Empire Liberty was the prototype
Liberty ship . She was a 7,157 GRT
cargo ship which was built by J L Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland.
Launched on 23 August 1941 and completed in November 1941. Allocated
in 1943 to the Greek Government and renamed Kyklades. Sold in 1947 to
H C Dracoulis, Greece and renamed Mentor. Scrapped in October 1960 in
Empire Liddell was a 1,425 GRT cargo ship which was built by W
Harkness & Sons Ltd,
Middlesbrough . Launched in 1920 as Enugu for the
Nigerian Government . To
MoWT in 1943 and renamed Empire Liddell. Sold
in 1946 to Arden Hall Steamship Co Ltd,
Empire Life was a 9,879 GRT cargo ship which was built by Caledon
Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd ,
Dundee . Launched on 12 January
1945 by Lord Westwood and completed in May 1945. Sold in 1946 to the
Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co Ltd and renamed Good Hope Castle.
Arrived on 14 July 1959 at
Emoire Lifeguard was a 1,333 GRT convoy rescue ship which was built
Fleming & Ferguson Ltd , Paisley . Launched on 8 June 1944 as
Castle-class corvette HMS Maiden Castle for the Royal Navy. Completed
in November 1944 as Empire Lifeguard for MoWT. On 23 July 1947 she was
Empire Light was a 6,537 GRT tanker which was built by J Brown & Co
Empire Lightning was a 6,942 GRT cargo ship which was built by Short Brothers Ltd, Sunderland. Launched on 4 September 1941 and completed in January 1941. On 7 October 1942 she was in collision with British-flagged SS Milcrest, which sank. Empire Lightning put into Halifax , Nova Scotia with bow damage for repairs. Sold in 1946 to Hall Brothers Steamship Co Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne and renamed Trident. Arrived on 9 November 1959 at Osaka, Japan for scrapping.
Empire Lilliput was a 138 GRT tug which was built by R Dunston Ltd,
Thorne. Launched on 10 November 1943 and completed in January 1944.
Sold in 1947 to Shell Company of
Empire Lily was a 325 GRT coaster which was built by I Pimblott &
Empire Linden was a 244 GRT tug which was built by Henry Scarr Ltd,
Empire Lionel was a 7,012 GRT cargo ship which was built by William
Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. Launched on 2 May 1942 and completed
in June 1942. Sold in 1945 to Pool Shipping Co Ltd and renamed
Levenpool. Operated under the management of Sir R Ropner & Co Ltd.
Sold in 1962 to Trafalgar Steamship Co Ltd and renamed Newlane.
Operated under the management of Tsavliris Shipping Ltd, London. Sold
in 1968 to Kantara Shipping Ltd,
Empire Livingstone was a 6,997 GRT cargo ship which was built by
Empire Lizard was a 1,749 GRT tanker which was built by Bertram
Empire Lola was a 292 GRT tug which was built by George Brown "> Dimboola, later Empire Langford
Empire Longford was a 3,703 GRT cargo ship which was built by Swan,
Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd , Newcastle upon Tyne. Launched in 1912
as Dimboola for Melbourne Steamship Co. Sold in 1935 to Ho Hong
Empire Longstone was a 7,301 GRT cargo ship which was built by Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne. Launched on 2 May 1946 and completed in August 1946 as Hesperides for Houston Line Ltd. Sold in 1960 to Clan Line Steamers Ltd and renamed Clan Murray. Scrapped in September 1962 in Osaka, Japan.
Empire Lord was a 7,359 GRT cargo ship which was built by William
Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. Launched on 11 October 1943 and
completed in February 1944. Sold in 1946 to United British Steamship
Co Ltd and renamed Aldington Court. Operated under the management of
Haldin & Co Ltd. Sold in 1959 to Cosmar Shipping Corporation, Liberia
and renamed Anacreon. Sold in 1966 to Garden City Shipping Co Inc,
Empire Lorenzo was a 2,865 GRT cargo ship which was built by William Gray -60.050 ) and abandoned as a total loss.
Empire Lotus was a 3,683 GRT cargo ship which was built by Ropner -6.450 .
Empire Lough was a 2,824 GRT collier which was built by William Gray
& Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. Launched on 1 October 1940 and completed in
December 1940. Intercepted on 24 June 1944 by German E-boats in the
Empire Lowlander was a 2,160 GRT collier which was built by John Crown & Sons Ltd , Sunderland. Launched on 4 March 1946 and completed in June 1946 as Corflow for William Cory & Son Ltd . Sold in 1959 to G Vlassis 24.033 .
Empire Lucy was a 242 GRT tug which was built by J S Watson Ltd, Gainsborough. Launched on 6 March 1946 and completed in June 1946. Sold in 1962 to Impresa Marittima Augustea, Italy and renamed Ohnina. Transferred to the Marina Militare in 1972.
Empire Lugard was a 7,241 GRT cargo ship which was built by William Doxford -63.533 while a member of Convoy TAG 5 .
Empire Lundy was a 288 GRT (300 DWT) coaster which was built by J
Empire Lynx was a 6,032 GRT cargo ship which was built by Texas
Steamship Co, Bath ,
Empire Lytton was a 9,807 GRT tanker which was built by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill-on-Tees. Launched on 16 June 1942 and completed in August 1942. Torpedoed on 9 January 1943 by U-442 and sunk at 28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333 while a member of Convoy TM 1 .
The above entries give a precis of each ship's history. For a fuller account see the linked articles.
* ^ http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/7308.html * ^ Forde, Frank (1988). Maritime Arklow. Glendale Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-907606-51-2 . * ^ "Taffrail" (Henry Taprell Dorling) (1973). Blue Star Line at War, 1939–45. London: W. Foulsham & Co . p. 135. ISBN 0-572-00849-X . * ^ Dear, I. 'The Tattie Lads' (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), ISBN 978-1-8448-6401-0 * ^ "Mayday Tugs of War". Mayday Tugs of War. Retrieved 2017-06-23. * ^ "Ships built by J L Thompson". Sunderland Maritime Heritage. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
* Mitchell, WH; Sawyer, LA (1990). The Empire Ships. London, New
York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd\'s of
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Empire ships beginning with Empire L
* Empire Lagan 1
* Empire Labrador * Empire Labuan * Empire Lady * Empire Lagoon2 * Empire Lagos * Empire Laird2 * Empire Lakeland * Empire Lambeth2 * Empire Lance * Empire Lancer * Empire Lankester * Empire Lantern * Empire Lapwing * Empire Lark * Empire Latimer * Empire Launcelot * Empire Lawrence3 * Empire Lea * Empire Leopard * Empire Lethe 4 * Empire Lewisham * Empire Liberty * Empire Liddell * Empire Lifeguard5 * Empire Lightning * Empire Lily 4 * Empire Lionel * Empire Livingstone * Empire Longford * Empire Longstone * Empire Lord * Empire Lorenzo * Empire Lotus * Empire Lough2 * Empire Lowlander2 * Empire Lugard * Empire Lundy 4 * Empire Lune * Empire Lynx
* Empire Lass 4 * Empire Law * Empire Leech 4 * Empire Light * Empire Lizard * Empire Lyttleton
* Empire Larch * Empire Lawn * Empire Leonard * Empire Lewis 5 * Empire Lilliput 5 * Empire Linden * Empire Lola * Empire Lucy
* A * B * Ca–Cl * Co–Cy * D * E * F * G * H * I–J * K * L * M * N * O * P * R * Sa–Sh * Si–Sy * Ta–Te * Th–Ty * U–Z
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By suffix, Empire x
* A * B * Ca–Cl * Co–Cy * D * E * F * G * H * I–J * K * L * M * N * O * P * R * Sa–Sh * Si–Sy * Ta–Te * Th–Ty * U–Z
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