SS Beaverburn (1944)
Empire Captain (1944-46)|
Ministry of War Transport (1944-46)|
Canadian Pacific Railway (1946-60)
Ben Line Steamers Ltd (1960-64)
Atlantic Navigation Corporation Ltd (1964-71)
T & J Harrison Ltd (1944-46)|
Canadian Pacific Steamship Co (1946-60)
Ben Line Steamers Ltd (1960-64)
W H Eddie Hsu (1964-71)
|Port of registry:||
22x20px Monrovia (1964-71)
|Builder:||Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd|
|Launched:||25 February 1944|
Code Letters BFKF (1944-60)|
United Kingdom Official Number 166217 (1944-64)
|Length:||475 feet 8 inches (144.98 m)|
|Beam:||64 feet 4 inches (19.61 m)|
|Depth:||40 feet 0 inches (12.19 m)|
|Installed power:||Two steam turbines|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h)|
Beaverburn was a 9,875 GRT cargo liner which was built in 1944 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) as Empire Captain. In 1946 she was sold to Canada and renamed Beaverburn. In 1960, she was sold to the United Kingdom and renamed Bennachie. In 1964, she was sold to Liberia and renamed Silvana. She served until 1971 when she was scrapped.
The ship was 475 feet 8 inches (144.98 m) long, with a beam of 64 feet 4 inches (19.61 m) and a depth of 40 feet 0 inches (12.19 m). Her GRT was 9,875, with a NRT of 7,110. Her DWT was 11,975. She was propelled two steam turbines, driving a single screw propellor via double reduction gearing. The turbines were built by Richardsons Westgarth & Co Ltd, Hartlepool. They could propel her at 15 knots (28 km/h).
Empire Captain was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of T & J Harrison Ltd. The Official Number 166217 and Code Letters BFKF were allocated and her port of registry was Dundee.
Empire Captain was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- UC 50A
- UC 65A
In 1946, Empire Captain was sold to the Canadian Pacific Railway and renamed Beaverburn, the second Canadian Pacific ship to bear this name. Her port of registry was changed to London. She was placed under the management of Canadian Pacific Steamship Co. In April 1947, Beaverburn was the first ship to reach Montreal once the port had opened after having been closed for the winter by ice. Her captain, John Bisset Smith, received the traditional gold-headed cane for this achievement.
In 1964, Bennachie was sold to Atlantic Navigation Corporation, Liberia. She was placed under the management of W H Eddie Hsu, Formosa. Silvana served until 1971 when she was sold for scrap. She arrived for scrapping on 6 April 1971 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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