SS Empire Broadsword

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Class and type: C1-S-AY-1 Infantry landing ship
Name: Cape Marshall (1943)
Empire Broadsword (1943-44)
Owner: War Shipping Administration
Operator: Cunard White Star Line
Port of registry: United Kingdom London
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California
Launched: 16 August 1943
Completed: December 1943
Out of service: 2 July 1944
Identification: United Kingdom Official Number 169737
Code Letters MYMJ
Fate: Struck a mine and sank
General characteristics
Tonnage: 7,177 GRT
4,823 NRT
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
Armament: 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.[1] 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.[2]


The ship was transferred under the terms of lend lease shortly after being completed in 1943 under the name Empire Broadsword.[3] She was chartered by the MoWT, and was operated under the management of Cunard White Star Line[2]

The Empire Broadsword was mined and sunk off Normandy while supporting the allied invasion of Europe.[4] Her position is 49°25′N 0°54′W / 49.417°N 0.9°W / 49.417; -0.9.[1] The wreck lies on its starboard side in 27 metres (89 ft) of water and is now a dive site.[5]

Official Numbers and Code Letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers. Empire Broadsword had the UK Official Number 169737 and used the Code Letters MYMJ.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 ""1169737"" (subscription required). Miramar Ship Index. R.B. Haworth. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  3. Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy. pp. 113. 
  4. "EMPIRE - B". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  5. "Legacy of the landings". Dive Magazine. Retrieved 10 December 2009.