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HMS QUEEN EAGLE
HMS QUEEN EAGLE

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Tim Webb



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Built 1940 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon, UK (YN 430) as EMPRESS QUEEN for the P. & A. Campbell & Co
GRT: 1781 / DWT: ?
Dimensions: Length (oa) 85.9 metres x Beam 11.5 metres
Machinery: 4 Steam turbines Single Reduction geared to two screw shafts (Engines built by: Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast)

History
1940: April completed as EMPRESS QUEEN : P. & A. Campbell & Co., Bristol
1940: October On completion and after trials in July, requisitioned by the Admiralty for the Royal Navy and converted into an Anti-Aircraft ship for the River Thames area.
Armament
1940: 4 2 pdr AA guns (4 x 1) , 16 0.303 AA guns (4 x 4), 5 0.5 AA guns (5 x 1), 2 0.303 AA machine guns (2 x 1), 4 3 rocket projectors (4 x 1)
1941: Three of the Bolton and Paul quadruple turrets and the machine guns were replaced by 5 20mm AA guns (5 x 1)

1941: Renamed HMS QUEEN EAGLE
1943: Returned to owners for Ministry of War Transport as a troopship and reverted to her original name EMPRESS QUEEN
1946: Returned to her owners control
1947: June Arrived Bristol after a refit at Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
1952: Laid up
1955: Sold to Kavounides Shipping Co Ltd, Greece and renamed PHILIPPOS
1959: Re-engined as motor ship, 2SA, 2x8cyl (365 x 475mm) Manufactured by Crossley Bros., Manchester.
1972: 23 February badly damaged by fire and beached at Keratsini near Piraeus
1972: 6 March refloated
1974: Broken up at Lavrion shipyard.
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Keywords: HMS QUEEN EAGLE
Source of Image, If not your own: Photo in own collection
Location photo was taken: Not known
Date photo was taken: c1942
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eddyw
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Registered: November 2007
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Tue, 8 October 19 13:58

In the 1930s P&A Campbell built up a flourishing cross channel day excursion business. "Empress Queen" was intended to expand this trade From Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings having a capacity of 1,300 pass. and capable of 20 knots. The war put paid to that plan but she was useful as a troop transport between Stranraer to Larne (1944-6) and notched up 700,000 pass. journeys. Post war her intended employment was impossible due to currency restrictions and the state of French ports. She ran unsuccessfully on the Bristol Channel, South Coast and from Torquay to the Channel Isles being too large for the trade offering and difficult to handle at piers. Accumulating losses forced her withdrawal and sale and a subsequent very successful career in the Mediterannean.
Off Brighton:
http://www.penarth-dock.org.uk/image...14008a-700.jpg
In warmer seas:
http://www.clydeships.co.uk/files/20...IPPOS1940B.jpg
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Tim Webb
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Location: Bedfordshire
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Wed, 9 October 19 02:12

Eddy, thanks for the origins of her build and why she was sold after such a short time back with P&A Campbell after WWII
Regards Tim
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