SS Empire Broadsword
|Class and type:||C1-S-AY-1 Infantry landing ship|
Cape Marshall (1943)|
Empire Broadsword (1943-44)
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration|
|Operator:||Cunard White Star Line|
|Port of registry:||London|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California|
|Launched:||16 August 1943|
|Out of service:||2 July 1944|
United Kingdom Official Number 169737|
Code Letters MYMJ
|Fate:||Struck a mine and sank|
|Length:||396 feet 5 inches (120.83 m)|
|Beam:||60 feet 1 inch (18.31 m)|
|Depth:||35 feet (10.67 m)|
|Propulsion:||Steam turbines, double reduction geared driving a single screw|
1 x 4 in gun|
1 x 12 pdr gun
12 x 20mm guns
Empire Broadsword was an Type C1-S-AY-1 infantry landing ship built in 1943 as Cape Marshall. She was renamed Empire Broadsword before completion and entering into service for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She had a short career, entering service in December 1943 and being sunk by a mine in July 1944.
The ship was built by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California as yard number 348. She was launched on 16 August 1943 as Cape Marshall. She was 396 feet 5 inches (120.83 m) long, with a beam of 60 feet 1 inch (18.31 m) and a depth of 35 feet (10.67 m). She was propelled by two steam turbines which drove a single screw via double reduction gearing. The steam turbine were manufactured by Westinghouse Electrical and Manufacturing Corp, Essington, Pennsylvania.
The ship was transferred under the terms of lend lease shortly after being completed in 1943 under the name Empire Broadsword. She was chartered by the MoWT, and was operated under the management of Cunard White Star Line
The Empire Broadsword was mined and sunk off Normandy while supporting the allied invasion of Europe. Her position is . The wreck lies on its starboard side in 27 metres (89 ft) of water and is now a dive site.
Official Numbers and Code Letters
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