THUNDER CAPE - Nanticoke, Ontario, Canada       Call sign - unknown     IMO number - 5038648     Owner - Misner Offshore Services (Canada) Ltd.

Location - Underway in the Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A. (Lake Erie)     Photograph Date - July 1987
Photographer - Jim Hoffman     Added to archive - 17 Sep 2003     Last updated - 11 Dec 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - ???
  Keel laid - ???
  Launched - ???
  Delivered - September 1944

  (a) Empire Paul - England (46)
  (b) Queensgarth - England (49)
  (c) Beamish - England (70)
  - France, Fenwick Tyne & Wear Company Ltd., England
  (d) Rex Mellenger - registry ? (70)
  (e) Beamish - Newcastle, England (73)
  (f) Thunder Cape - Canada
  - Great Lakes Marine Contracting, Port Dover, Canada
  - Misner Offshore Services (Canada) Ltd., Nanticoke, Canada

  Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario, Canada during 1992

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - "Birch" class tug
  Gross tonnage - 264
  Net tonnage - 59
  Deadweight tonnage - ???
  L.O.A. - 34.57 meters
  L.B.P. - 32.01 meters
  Width overall - 8.13 meters
  Width moulded - 8.08 meters
  Draught - 3.741 meters
  Depth - 4.12 meters
  Number of towing winches - 1
  Winch bollard pull -

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - J.S. Watson (Gainsborough) Ltd.
  Country - Gainsborough, England
  Hull number - 1545
  Engine builder - General Motors Corporation
  Country - Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine types - General Motors 16-cylinder diesels
  Fuel - Diesel oil
  Horsepower - 1,500 bhp or 1,103 kW
  Speed - 12.0 knots
  Propeller - 1 fixed pitch
  Steering gear - Standard rudder
  Bow thuster - none

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - This section is open for all viewers to contribute any information about this ship that is known such as former owners, managers, charterers, accidents, conversions, drydockings, cargoes, voyages, sightings or ports of call etc..


** Known sisterships from builder J.S. Watson (Gainsborough) - Nominal dimensions 107' bp x 27' oa - Empire Meadow (1942), Empire Mustang (1942), Empire Ben (1943), Empire Alfred (1944), Empire Paul (1944) and Empire Lucy (1946)
** Known sisterships from builder H. Scarr (Hessle, Hull) - Empire Birch (1941). From 1942 Empire Lawn, Empire Linden, Empire Mead, Empire Race, Empire Sprite, Empire Teak and Empire Titan. In 1943 Empire Maisie, Empire Mascot and Empire Oberon entered service. In 1944 the Empire Charles, Empire Elinor and Empire Walter joinded the fleet and in 1945 the Empire Becky entered service.
** From builder Ferguson Brothers (Glasgow, Scotland) the Empire Warlock was added in 1942
** In 1964 her original triple expansion engine and boiler was removed and replaced with General Motors diesel engines. Her triple expansion engine had three cylinders of 16", 26" and 43" bore and a stroke of 30". The original single ended boiler operated at a pressure of 210 pounds. This machinery had been built at Hull, England.

THUNDER CAPE HAD A LENGTHY CAREER ON THE GREAT LAKES. A LOT OF INFORMATION EXISTS ABOUT HER AND I'D WELCOME INPUT FROM ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RESEARCH HER CAREER


Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Don Scott - Yorkshire, England

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