Empire Clyde

The first large British passenger liner laid down after the 1914-18 war was Anchor Line's CAMERONIA. She was one of a large group of very similar looking vessels laid down at about the same time Beardmore and Company of Glasgow launched her on December 23rd, 1919 after a construction period of only nine and a half months and she was completed in March 1921.

In 1935 she was taken over by the British government for a few trooping voyages to the Middle and Far East after which she was refitted and placed in the Glasgow-New York service starting on July 10th 1936. The Coronation Fleet Review of 1937 provided another short spell of government employment when she was hired by the Admiralty as a VIP grandstand.

On November 4th, 1940 and was taken over for conversion to a troopship. Her conversion at Glasgow was rapid and she was ready for trooping service in January 1941. During her war service she was damaged by air attack in the Mediterranean. She had to return to the Clyde for repairs after having been disabled by aerial torpedo off Bongie on December 22nd, 1942. She was the largest troopship to take part in the allied landings in Normandy and was on the scene the day after the initial assaults. In August 1944 she was present also at the landings in Southern France.

At the end of the war she was laid up until she was needed again by the government in the spring of 1947. This time she was needed for trooping to Palestine which occupied her until she was taken in hand by Barclay Curle and Company for conversion into an emigrant ship in the Australian trade. Her gross tonnage was increased to 16,584 tons and she was given accommodation for 1,266 passengers in one class. She made her first voyage as an emigrant carrier between Glasgow and Sydney, leaving the UK on November 1st, 1948. She continued in this trade until being bought by the Ministry of Transport in 1953 for conversion to a permanent troopship, possibly as a result of increased trooping demand in connection with the Korean War. Renamed EMPIRE CLYDE, she became a regular on the Far Eastern trooping run. Her career as a peacetime trooper, however, was not long, for as the need for such vessels declined she was sold eventually for scrap, arriving at Newport, Monmouthshire in early October 1957 for breaking by John Cashmore Ltd.

 

Verified Sailings

Outbound from Southampton to Singapore and the Far East

16 Jun 1954 18 Sep 1954 22 Dec 1954

19 Apr 1955 19 Jul 1955 30 Nov 1955

28 Feb 1956 17 Jul 1956

Inbound from the Far East & Singapore to Southampton

27 Jan 1954 24 Aug 1954

1 Mar 1955 25 Jun 1955 24 Sep 1955

7 Feb 1956 30 May 1956 6 Oct 1956