Vessel name on Arrival: Clan MacKenzie
Original Builder: Northumberland Ship Building Company, Howdon-on-Tyne
Original Yard No: 231
Official Number: 137849
Vessel Type: cargo
Year Built: 1917
Arrival Date: 29/03/1938
Date First Beached:
Date Breakup Completed:
Cargo vessel built for Clan Line Steamers Limited of Glasgow. Managers : Cayzer, Irvine & Coy. Ltd.
Dimensions : L – 128.0 metres x W – 16.3 metres x 11.2 metres [ 416' 0" x 53' 0" x 36' 4" ]
Launched : March 1917
Completed : June 1917
Propulsion : Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engine developing 610 NHP
Manufacturer : North Eastern Marine Engineering Company of Newxcastle
Service Speed : 12 knots
05-03-1918 : Whilst on a passage from Liverpool to Plymouth, in a position South of the Isle of Wight, with a cargo of chalk, the Clan MacKenzie was torpedoed by UB 30 which was then under the command of Kapitanleutnant Wilhelm Rhein. There were 2 caualties in this incident. The liner was able to make passage to Southampton.
23-10-1937 : The outward-bound S.S. Clan MacKenzie was in collision with the 1932-built cargo steamer Manchester Regiment, 7,930 tons, off the Liverpool Bar Lightship. Badly damaged, she was beached, subsequently docked, inspected, declared a total loss, and sent for breaking to the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company at Troon.
(The S.S. Manchester Regiment was later involved in a separate collision on 04-12-1939, South-East of Rockall and approximately 200 miles North-West of Ireland, with the large PSNC cargo-passenger liner S.S. Oropesa resulting in the loss of nine lives. (At the subsequent formal Inquiry into the collision, four-fifths blame was levelled at the Clan MacKenzie, and one-fifth blame to the S.S. Oropesa. The liner S.S. Oropesa was herself lost, with heavy loss of life, on 16-01-1941 when she was torpedoed by U-96, then under the command of U-Boat ace Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)