Clan MacKenzie

Vessel name on Arrival: Clan MacKenzie

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Original Builder: Northumberland Ship Building Company, Howdon-on-Tyne

Original Yard No: 231

Official Number: 137849

Vessel Type: cargo

GRT: 6544

Year Built: 1917

Arrival Date: 29/03/1938

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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)