West Totant

Vessel name on Arrival: Empire Moorhen

empire moorhen

Original Builder: Columbia River Ship-Building Corporation, Portland, Oregon, USA

Original Yard No: 16

Official Number: 168171

Vessel Type: cargo

GRT: 5628

Year Built: 1919

Arrival Date: 27/06/1947

Breakup Started: 29/06/1947

Date First Beached: 13/12/1947

Date Breakup Completed: 02/03/1948

Draught For’d: 14' 6"

Draught Aft: 16' 6"

Name Changes:

Launched on 3rd of April 1919 as the cargo-ship S.S. West Totant for the U.S. Government.  In 1941 the vessel was acquired by the British Government's Ministry of War Department (MOWT) at which point her name changed to S. S. Empire Moorhen and she was given a new Official Number as shown above.






Other Information:

Launched on 03-04-1919 and completed in the same month.


Dimensions :  125 mts  x  16.5 mts.


Propulsion by steam turbine providing the vessel with a speed of 10.5 knots


Empire Moorhen was scuttled as a Blockship on 09-06-1944 at Juno Beach, Gooseberry No. 4, Normandy.


She was raised in 1947 and delivered to the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company facility at Troon for breaking up