SS Empire Aldgate

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Name: Empire Aldgate (1945-48)
Thackeray (1948-51)
Sugar Refiner (1951-58)
San Patricio (1958-65)
San Miguel (1965-68)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1945-48)
Rodney Steamship Co, London (1948-51)
Silvertown Services Ltd, London (1951-58)
Valck & Monkton, Valparaiso (1958-62)
Worldwide Maritime Co, Liberia (1962-65)
Altair Maritime Corporation, Liberia (1965-67)
Operator: Owner operated except:-
Glen & Co Ltd (1945-48)
R S Dalgleish & Co Ltd (1951-53)
Kentships Ltd (1953-58)
Port of registry: Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg West Hartlepool (1945-48)
Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg London (1948-58)
28px Valparaiso (1958-62)
28px Liberia (1962-67)
Builder: W Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Yard number: 1180
Launched: 10 May 1945
Completed: July 1945
Out of service: 12 September 1965
Identification: UK Official Number 180053 (1945-58)
Code letters MPBM (1945-58)
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 3,485 GRT
Length: 315 feet 5 inches (96.14 m)
Beam: 46 feet 5 inches (14.15 m)
Depth: 22 feet 1 inch (6.73 m)
Propulsion: 1 x triple expansion steam engine (W Gray & Co)

Empire Aldgate was a 3,485 ton heavy lift ship which was built in 1945. She was renamed Thackeray in 1948, Sugar Refiner in 1951, San Patricio in 1958 and San Miguel in 1965. She was abandoned by her owners in 1965 and scrapped in 1967.


Empire Aldgate was built by W Gray Ltd, West Hartlepool[1] as yard number 1180. She was launched on 10 May 1945 and completed in July.[2] Empire Aldgate was built for the Ministry of War Transport and operated under the management of Glen & Co Ltd.[1]

In 1948, Empire Alderney was sold to the Rodney Steamship Co, London and renamed Thackeray. She served with them for until 1951 when she was sold to Silvertown Services Ltd, London and renamed Sugar Refiner.[3] She was operated under the management of R S Dalgleish & Co, Newcastle upon Tyne until January 1953 when management passed to Kentships Ltd.[4] In 1958, she was sold to Valck & Monkton, Valparaiso, Chile and renamed San Patricio. They sold her to the Worldwide Maritime Co, Liberia in 1962. In 1965, San Patricio was sold to the Altair Maritime Corporation, Liberia who renamed her San Miguel.[3] On 12 September 1965, San Miguel put into Las Palmas due to problems with her boilers. She was en route from Jacksonville to Tarragona. She was towed to Tarragona in October 1965 and then abandoned by her owners. In August 1967, San Miguel was towed to Cartagena, where she was scrapped in September of that year.[5]

Official number and code letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.

Empire Aldgate had the UK Official Number 180083 from 1945–58 and used the Code Letters MPBM.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET MOTEURS DE MOINS DE 300 tx., CHALUTIERS, &c.". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  2. ""1180083"" (subscription required). Miramar Ship Index. R.B. Haworth. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Empire-A". Mariners-L. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  4. "Tate & Lyle Limited, Marine Division History Of Sugar Line Limited - Athel Line Limited". Toronto Maritime History Society. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. 1995. pp. p204. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.