MV Willesden (1944)

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Career
Name: Empire Canning (1944-46)
Willesden (1946-58)
Golden Lambda (1958-60)
Marine Explorer (1960-62)
East Vim (1962-63)
Wasaka Bay (1963-66)
Golden Wind (1966)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1944-46)
Britain Steamship Co Ltd (1946-58)
World Wide Shipping Co Ltd (1958-60)
Neptune Shipping Co Ltd (1960-62)
Viking Shipping Co Ltd (1962-63)
Marine Navigation Co Ltd (1963-66)
Leo Shipping Co Ltd (1966)
Operator: H Hogarth & Sons (1944-46)
Watts, Watts & Co Ltd (1946-58)
World Wide Shipping Co Ltd (1958-60)
Neptune Shipping Co Ltd (1960-62)
Viking Shipping Co Ltd (1962-63)
Marine Navigation Co Ltd (1963-66)
World Wide Shipping Co Ltd (1966)
Port of registry: United Kingdom Dundee (1944-58)
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United Kingdom London (1963-66)
Flag of Hong Kong 1959 (unofficial Red Ensign).svg Hong Kong (1966)
Builder: Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd,
Yard number: 412
Launched: 30 October 1944
Completed: December 1944
Identification: Code Letters GJVZ (1944-58)
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United Kingdom Official Number 166219 (1944-58, 1963-66)
Fate: Scrapped 1966.
General characteristics
Tonnage: 6,997 GRT
3,852 NRT
Length: 431 ft 3 in (131.45 m)
Beam: 56 ft 3 in (17.15 m)
Depth: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Installed power: 1 x 4SCSA diesel engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor


Willesden was a 6,997 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1944 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) as Empire Canning. She was sold in 1946 and renamed Willesden. In 1958 she was sold to Hong Kong, serving various owners in the next five years under the names Golden Lambda, Marine Explorer and East Vim. In 1963, she was sold back to the United Kingdom and renamed Wakasa Bay. A further sale to Hong Kong in 1966 saw her renamed Golden Wind, serving until she was scrapped in December 1966.

Description[edit]

The ship was built by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee as yard number 412.[1] She was launched on 30 October 1944 and completed in December 1944.[2]

The ship was 431 feet 3 inches (131.45 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 3 inches (17.15 m) and a depth of 35 feet 2 inches (10.72 m). Her GRT was 6,997 and she had a NRT of 3,852.[3]

She was propelled by a 4-stroke, Single Cycle Single Action diesel engine which had eight cylinders of 25516 in (65 cm) bore by 5518 in (140 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne.[4]

History[edit]

Empire Canning was built for the MoWT. She was placed under the management of H Hogarth & Sons Ltd. Her port of registry was Dundee.[4] The Code Letters GVJZ were allocated.[3] Her Official Number was 166219.[4] In 1946, she was sold to the Britain Steamship Co Ltd and renamed Willesden. She was operated under the management of Watts, Watts & Co Ltd. In 1958, she was sold to World Wide Shipping Co Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed Golden Lambda. In 1960. she was sold to Neptune Shipping Co Ltd and renamed Marine Explorer. In 1962 she was sold to Viking Shipping Co Ltd and renamed East Vim. In 1963, she was sold to Marine Navigation Co Ltd, London and renamed Wakasa Bay. In 1966, she was sold to Leo Shipping Co Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed Golden Wind. She was placed under the management of World Wide Shipping Co Ltd. Golden Wind was scrapped in December 1966 at Hiroshima, Japan.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Photographs in Caledon Collection sorted by name of vessel". Dundee City Council. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "LLOYD'S REGISTER, Steamers & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 3 March 2010.