SS Tuxpam

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Name: Empire Clydesdale (1944-46)
Tuxpam (1946-70)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1944-46)
Secretario de Marina, Mexico (1946-70)
Port of registry: United Kingdom Glasgow (1944-46)
22x20px Mexico (1946-68)
22x20px Mexico (1968-70)
Builder: Lobnitz & Co Ltd
Yard number: 966
Launched: 30 October 1944
Identification: Code Letters MKPP (1944-46)
United Kingdom Official Number 169129
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Suction Hopper Dredger
Tonnage: 1,747 GRT
839 NRT
Length: 256 feet 7 inches (78.21 m)
Beam: 42 feet 1 inch (12.83 m)
Depth: 19 feet 1 inch (5.82 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Tuxpam was a 1,747 GRT suction hopper dredger which was built in 1944 by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew. She was laid down as Mazatlan for the Mexican Government but was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) whilst under construction and launched as Empire Clydesdale. In 1946 she was transferred to the Mexican Government and renamed Tuxpam. She was scrapped in 1970.


The ship was built by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew,[1] as yard number 966.[2]

The ship was 256 feet 7 inches (78.21 m) long, with a beam of 42 feet 1 inch (12.83 m) and a depth of 19 feet 1 inch (5.82 m). She had a GRT of 1,747 and a NRT of 839.[3]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 13 inches (33 cm), 22 inches (56 cm) and 34 inches (86 cm) diameter by 22 inches (56 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Lobnitz.[3]


Empire Clydesdale was laid down as Matzalan for the Mexican Government. She was requisitioned by the MoWT and launched as Empire Clydesdale.[1] Her port of registry was Glasgow. The Code Letters MKPP and United Kingdom Official Number 169125 were allocated.[3]

In 1946, Empire Clydesdale was transferred to the Secretario de Marina, Mexico and renamed Tuxpam. She served until 1970 when she was scrapped.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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. 
  2. "Launched 1944: ss EMPIRE CLYDESDALE". Clydesite. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS A MOINS de 300 tx, CHALUTIERS &c.". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 25 April 2010.