SS Empire Clough

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Name: Empire Clough
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: Larringa Steamship Co Ltd
Port of registry: United Kingdom South Shields
Builder: John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Yard number: 527
Launched: 2 April 1942
Completed: June 1942
Out of service: 10 June 1942
Identification: Code Letters BDVX
United Kingdom Official Number 168655
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 6,147 GRT
4,251 NRT
Length: 405 feet 8 inches (123.65 m)
Beam: 53 feet 5 inches (16.28 m)
Depth: 32 feet 8 inches (9.96 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Crew: 43, plus 6 DEMS gunners

Empire Clough was a 6,147 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1942 by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was torpedoed and sunk on her maiden voyage.


The ship was built by John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields as yard number 527.[1] She was launched on 2 April 1942 and completed in June 1942.[2]

The ship was 405 feet 8 inches (123.65 m) long, with a beam of 53 feet 6 inches (16.31 m) and a depth of 32 feet 8 inches (9.96 m). She had a GRT of 6,147 and a NRT of 4,251.[3]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 23½ inches (60 cm), 37½ inches (95 cm) and 68 inches (170 cm) diameter by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Foster, Yates & Thompson Ltd, Blackburn.[3]


Empire Clough was built for the Ministry of War Transport and placed under the management of the Larringa Steamship Co Ltd. Her port of registry was South Shields and she was allocated the Code Letters BDVX and United Kingdom Official Number 168655.[3]

On her maiden voyage, Empire Clough was a member of Convoy ONS 100, which departed from Loch Ewe on 2 June 1942 bound for Boston and New York. At 03:40 on 10 June 1942, Empire Clough was torpedoed by Template:GS with the loss of five crew. The ship was abandoned, with the 44 survivors being rescued by HMS Dianthus and the Portuguese trawler Argus. They were landed at St John's, Newfoundland and in Greenland respectively.[4] Empire Clough sank at 51°50′N 35°00′W / 51.833°N 35°W / 51.833; -35.[2]


  1. "John Readhead's Shipyard - 1909 to 1968". John Bage. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  4. "Empire Clough". U-boat. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°50′N 35°0′W / 51.833°N 35°W / 51.833; -35