SS Empire Balfour
Empire Balfour (1944-49)|
Barton Grange (1949-58)
Ministry of War Transport (1944-49)|
Houlder Bros & Co Ltd, Glasgow (1949-58)
Western Steamship Co Ltd, Hong Kong (1958-62)
Pan-Norse Steamship Co SA, Panama (1962-67)
Elders & Fyffes Ltd (1944-45)|
Houlder Bros & Co Ltd (1945-58)
Wang Kee & Co Ltd, Hong Kong (1958-62)
Wallem & Co Ltd, Hong Kong (1962-67)
|Port of registry:||
Hong Kong (1958-62)
Template:Country data PAN Panama (1962-67)
|Builder:||Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Launched:||27 June 1944|
Official Number 169514 (1944-58)|
Code Letters GFLW (1944-49)
|Length:||432 feet 7 inches (131.85 m)|
|Beam:||56 feet 2 inches (17.12 m)|
|Depth:||34 feet 4 inches (10.46 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 x triple expansion steam engine (Harland & Wolff Ltd, Glasgow) 560 horsepower (420 kW)|
|Capacity:||285,644 cubic feet (8,088.5 m3) refrigerated cargo space|
Empire Balfour was a 7,201 ton refrigerated cargo ship which was built by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow in 1944 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was sold to her managers in 1949 and renamed Barton Grange. In 1958 she was sold to the Western Steamship Co Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed Sunlight. In 1962, she was sold to the Pan-Norse Steamship Co SA, Panama, serving for a further five years until scrapped in 1967.
Empire Balfour was built by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow as yard number 998. She was launched on 27 June 1945 and completed in September 1944. She was initially operated under the management of Elders & Fyffes Ltd, and then Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, Newport, Monmouthshire.
Empire Balfour was a member of a number of convoys durwing the Second World War
- SC 160
Convoy SC 160 sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 2 November 1944 and arrived at Liverpool on 17 November. Empire Balfour was carrying a cargo comprising of meat, mail and general cargo, with a destination of Avonmouth.
- SC 166
Convoy SC 166 sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 31 January 1945 and arrived at Liverpool on 13 February. Empire Balfour carried the Commodore of the convoy. She was carrying a cargo of meat, metal and general cargo, with a destination of Liverpool.
In 1949, Empire Balfour was sold to her managers and renamed Barton Grange. She served with Houlder Brothers for another nine years. In 1958, Barton Grange was sold to the Western Steamship Co Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed Sunlight. She was operated under the management of Wang Kee & Co Ltd, Hong Kong. After serving with Western for four years, Sunlight was sold to the Pan-Norse Steamship Co SA, Panama. She was operated under the management of Wallem & Co Ltd, Hong Kong. She served for five years with Pan-Norse. Sunlight arrived on 30 March 1967 at Hong Kong for scrapping.
Official number and code letters
Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.
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