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Name: EMPIRE BESS
Launched: 17/10/1944
Completed: 03/01/1945
Builder: Clelands (Successors) Ltd, Willington Quay
Yard Number: 74
Dimensions: 593grt, 137.1 x 33.1 x 15.1ft
Engines: T3cyl (16.5, 28.5 & 47 x 30ins), 200nhp
Engines By: George Clark (1938) Ltd, Sunderland
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 169199
History:
1945 Ministry of War Transport (United Towing Co Ltd, managers), Newcastle
1946 United Towing Co Ltd, Hull; renamed MERCHANTMAN
1962 Societa Rimorchiatori Napoletani, Italy; renamed TARENTUM
1982 Broken up
Comments: Modified Englishman/Larch Class
1982: Broken up by Palermo Salvatore e Cia, Naples
28/05/1982: Work commenced at Naples


Above photo as MERCHANTMAN courtesy of TugTalk

Above photo as MERCHANTMAN courtesy of Alan Hughes

Above photo as MERCHANTMAN courtesy of Alfred Turner

Above photo as MERCHANTMAN courtesy of Alan Hughes

Above photo as TARENTUM courtesy of TugTalk

Above photo as TARENTUM courtesy of Alfred Turner