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Name: TAFELBERG
Type: Whale Factory Ship
Launched: 29/04/1930
Completed: 07/1930
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 1059
Dimensions: 13640grt, 9196nrt, 508.3 x 72.5 x 35.7ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (24.75, 42 & 70 x 48ins), 1079nhp
Engines by: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co (Engineers) Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 154414
History:
07/1930 Kerguelen Sealing & Whaling Co Ltd, Cape Town
1936 Managers Irvin & Johnson (South Africa) Ltd
1943 Ministry of War Transport (Chr Salvesen & Co), Cardiff;
1943 Renamed EMPIRE HERITAGE
08/09/1944 Sank
Comments: 1939: Converted to a tanker
28/01/1941: Damaged by a mine in 51.21N 03.16W, beached at Porthkerry
on a voyage from Barry to Greenock and the USA in ballast
Wreck broke into two parts and was declared a total loss.
Wreck was acquired by the Ministry of War Transport and the ship was joined together again at Cardiiff
08/09/1944: Sank after being torpedoed by U-Boat U482 in 55.27N 08.01W
On a voyage from New York to Liverpool and the Clyde with fuel oil and deck cargo