SS Empire Comfort
HMS York Castle (1944)|
SS Empire Comfort (1944-55)
Ministry of War Transport (1944-45)
Ministry of Transport (1945-55)
|Port of registry:||United Kingdom|
|Launched:||29 September 1944|
|Out of service:||1954-55|
|Identification:||Pennant number K537 (York Castle)|
|Displacement:||1,060 long tons (1,080 t)|
|Length:||252 feet (76.81 m)|
|Beam:||36 feet (10.97 m)|
|Draught:||13 feet 6 inches (4.11 m)|
|Installed power:||Quadruple expansion steam engine|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)|
SS Empire Comfort was a 1,333 GRT convoy rescue ship which was launched in 1944 as HMS York Castle a Castle-class corvette, but was renamed Empire Castle and converted for merchant service before completion.
The ship was built by Ferguson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow as yard number 372. She was launched on 20 September 1944. The ship was 252 feet (76.81 m) long, with a beam of 36 feet (10.97 m) and a draught of 13 feet 6 inches (4.11 m).
The ship was completed in December 1944 as Empire Comet for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was placed under the management of Ellerman City Line. Empire Comfort was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- OS 113
- MKS 85G
- OS 116
Convoy OS 116 departed from the Clyde and The Downs on 12 March 1945. It dispersed at on 17 March. Empire Comfort was a member of this convoy.
- MKS 88G
- OS 121
- MKS 93G
In 1948, Empire Comfort was in the Mediterranean where she was working under the control of the Middle East Command. Empire Comfort was used as a troopship between Port Said, Egypt and Famagusta, Cyprus and also between Port Said and Tobruk, Libya. She was used in this role from July 1948 to at least February 1949. In 1954, Empire Comfort was laid up at Falmouth, Cornwall. In July 1955, she was sold to Belgian buyers and towed to Antwerp. It was intended that she would be converted for service in the Belgian Congo, but she was scrapped in December 1955 at Ghent.
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