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Name: PORT NAPIER
Type: Refrigerated Cargo Ship completed as a Minelayer
Launched: 23/04/1940
Completed: 06/1940
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1569
Dimensions: 9847grt, 5906nrt, 503.3 x 68.2 x 29.8ft
Engines: 2 x Oil engines, 2SCSA, 5cyl (26.5 x 91.25ins)
Engines by: Wm Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Reg Number: 167578
History:
12/06/1940 The Admiralty, London
27/11/1940 Sank
Comments: Ordered for the Port Line but requisitioned by The Admiralty prior to launching
1940: Completed as a minelayer to carry 600 x naval mines
Armed with 2 x 1 x 4.0ins, 2 x 1 x 2pdr & 4 x 1 x 20mm guns
27/11/1940: Caught fire in the engine room while bunkering at Lochalsh
She was towed away from the jetty before she exploded & sank
A repeat of PORT JACKSON hull with one frame (33ins) added at midships


Above photo of the wreckage is copyright of Mike Peel

Above photo of the wreckage is courtesy of Wikipedia