Empire Shepherd

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Introduction

Empire Shepherd was an 'Icemaid' type collier launched in 1944 for the Ministry of War Transport and served in many convoys during WW2. She was sold and served with two different companies before being broken up in 1969 giving her an overall service life of 25 years.

Empire Shepherd
Empire Shepherd - date and location unknown. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Registered owners, managers and operators British Government - Ministry of War Transport
Builders Grangemouth DY
Yard Grangemouth
Country UK
Yard number 457
Registry N/K
Official number 180359
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GJNC
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 2,066
Net tonnage 1,073
Deadweight N/K
Length 272 ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth 40 ft
Depth 17.2 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 17", 27" and 48" with stroke 36".
Engine builders N.E. Marine Eng. Co (1938)
Works Newcastle upon Tyne
Country UK
Boilers N/K
Power N/K
Propulsion Single Screw
Speed 9.5 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Empire Baltic for 1945-46 has the following additional information about her:

  • Machinery aft
  • Single deck
  • Cruiser stern

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 July 1944 Launched
October 1944 Completed
1948 Change of name to Sheaf Arrow and change of owner to Sheaf Steam Sg Co Ltd.
1956 Change of name to Eva and change of owner to A Kjerland & Co. A/S of Norway
December 1969 Broken up at Antwerp - Scrappingco.

Service in WW2

Empire Shepherd took part in a very large number of convoys according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External Ref. #4. The table also includes various independent voyages undertaken by this ship during the wartime period

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Methil, Oct 15, 1944 EN.446 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Belfast, Oct 18, 1944
Belfast Lough, Oct 21, 1944 Independent Barry, Oct 23, 1944
Barry, Oct 25, 1944 Independent Liverpool, Oct 26, 1944
Liverpool, Nov 1, 1944 Independent Barry, Nov 2, 1944
Barry, Nov 6, 1944 BEC.29 (Barry - Seine Bay) Solent, Nov 10, 1944
St Helens Roads, Nov 12, 1944 MTC.34 (St Helens Rds - Southend) Southend, Nov 13, 1944
Southend, Nov 18, 1944 FN.1545 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Nov 19, 1944
Blyth, Nov 22, 1944 FS.1644 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 24, 1944
Southend, Nov 29, 1944 FN.1556 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Nov 30, 1944
Blyth, Dec 2, 1944 FS.1654 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 4, 1944
Southend, Dec 8, 1944 FN.1565 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Dec 10, 1944
Blyth, Dec 12, 1944 FS.1664 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 14, 1944
Southend, Dec 17, 1944 FN.1574 (Southend - Methil) Sunderland, Dec 18, 1944
Sunderland, Dec 20, 1944 FS.1672 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 22, 1944
Southend, Dec 23, 1944 TBC.16 (Southend - M Haven) Southampton, Dec 24, 1944
BTC.22 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, Jan 1, 1945
Southend, Jan 2, 1945 FN.1590 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Jan 4, 1945
Tyne, Jan 10, 1945 FS.1693 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 12, 1945
Southend, Jan 15, 1945 FN.1603 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Jan 16, 1945
Blyth, Jan 20, 1945 FS.1703 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 23, 1945
Southend, Jan 28, 1945 FN.1616 (Southend - Methil) Hull, Jan 29, 1945
Hull, Feb 9, 1945 FS.1723 (Methil - Southend) Rochester, Feb 11, 1945
Rochester, Feb 16, 1945 Independent Southend, Feb 17, 1945
Southend, Feb 17, 1945 FN.1636 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Feb 19, 1945
Blyth, Feb 22, 1945 FS.1736 (Methil - Southend) Rochester, Feb 24, 1945
Independent Southend, Feb 27, 1945
Rochester, Feb 27, 1945 Independent
Southend, Feb 28, 1945 FN.1647 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Mar 1, 1945
Methil, Mar 2, 1945 FS.1744 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 5, 1945
Southend, Mar 9, 1945 FN.1656 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Mar 10, 1945
Blyth, Mar 14, 1945 FS.1756 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 16, 1945
Southend, Mar 20, 1945 FN.1667 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Mar 22, 1945
Blyth, Mar 25, 1945 FS.1766 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 26, 1945
Southend, Mar 30, 1945 FN.1677 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Mar 31, 1945
Tyne, Apr 5, 1945 FS.1776 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 6, 1945
Southend, Apr 9, 1945 FN.1685 (Southend - Methil) Blyth, Apr 11, 1945
Blyth, Apr 15, 1945 FS.1783 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 16, 1945
Southend, Apr 24, 1945 FN.1695 (Southend - Methil) Hull, Apr 26, 1945
Hull, May 3, 1945 FS.1795 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 4, 1945
TBC.149 (Southend - M Haven) Dieppe, May 5, 1945
Southend, May 5, 1945 TBC.149 (Southend - M Haven)
Dieppe, May 14, 1945 BTC.156 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, May 15, 1945
Southend, May 15, 1945 FN.1711 (Southend - Methil) Hull, May 16, 1945
Hull, May 19, 1945 FS.1807 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 20, 1945
Southend, May 20, 1945 TBC.164 (Southend - M Haven) Dieppe, May 21, 1945
Dieppe, May 24, 1945 BTC.166 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, May 25, 1945
Southend, May 25, 1945 FN.1718 (Southend - Humber) Hull, May 26, 1945

Service post WW2

According to Middlemiss - External Reference # 47:

Two standard 2,900 dwt colliers were purchased in 1948 after being on bare-boat charter to the company for 5 years. Empire Shepherd and Empire Clansman were renamed Sheaf Arrow and Sheaf Field respectively. An analysis of the 58 voyages of Sheaf Arrow in a 3-year period from June 1948 shows she made 24 coastal voyages with coal from N.E. Coast ports to London, and 34 voyages to near Continental and Baltic ports. Her only deep-sea voyage to Ceuta in Morocco was marred by a stranding at Cape Trafalgar but fortunately she came off undamaged and loaded ore at Marbella for Ijmuiden. She made her last voyage for the company in October 1956 and was then sold to Norway and renamed Eva.
Empire Shepherd
Empire Shepherd as Sheaf Arrow - date and location unknown. [1]

I have not been able to find out any information about her service as Eva, but she was broken up at Antwerp in 1969 at Scrappingco.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Stan Mayes.