MV Empire Comet
|Owner:||Ministry of War Transport|
|Operator:||Dodd, Thompson & Co|
|Port of registry:||Greenock|
|Launched:||21 November 1940|
|Out of service:||12 June 1941|
|Identification:||Code Letter GPFU
United Kingdom Official Number 166990
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk|
|Class & type:||Cargo ship|
|Length:||432 ft 7 in (131.85 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 2 in (17.12 m)|
|Depth:||34 ft 3 in (10.44 m)|
|Installed power:||4SCSA diesel engine|
|Crew:||38, plus 8 DEMS gunners|
Empire Comet was 432 feet 7 inches (131.85 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 2 inches (17.12 m) and a depth of 34 feet 3 inches (10.44 m). She had a GRT of 6,914 and a NRT of 4,162.Empire Comet was propelled by a 4-stroke Single Cycle Single Acting diesel engine, which had eight cylinders of 29 1⁄8 inches (74 cm) diameter by 591⁄16 (151 cm) stroke. The engine was built by J G Kincaid & Co Ltd, Greenock.
Empire Comet was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of Dodd, Thompson & Co Ltd. Her port of registry was Greenock. She was allocated the United Kingdom Official Number 166990 and Code Letters GPFU were allocated.
Empire Comet was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- HX 118
- HX 174
Convoy HX 174 departed Halifax on 7 February 1942 and arrived at Liverpool on 21 February. Empire Comet was carrying a cargo of linseed, manganese ore, peanuts and tea. She had departed from Bombay, India on 12 November 1940 and sailed via Table Bay, South Africa and Halifax. She was bound for Manchester. Empire Comet straggled behind the convoy. At 22:17 (German time) on 17 February, Empire Comet was hit by two torpedoes fired by U-136 under the command of Heinrich Zimmerman. She sank at Coordinates: . All 38 crew and eight DEMS gunners were lost. The crew are commemorated on panel 39 of the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
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