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Name: PORT NAPIER
Type: Refrigerated Cargo Ship completed as 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 4.0ins, 2 x 2pdr & 4 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