Esquilino

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
Empire Governor
Vessel Type: 
Passenger-Liner
Official Number: 
168624
GRT: 
8,657
Draught For'd: 
06' 06"
Draught Aft: 
08' 10"
Year Built: 
1925
Arrival Date: 
18/04/1946
Breakup Started: 
01/05/1946
Date First Beaching: 
18/04/1946
Breakup Completed: 
07/09/1946
Original Builder: 
Cantiere San Rocco S.A. of Trieste
Original Yard No.: 
58
Name Changes: 

1941  :  Renamed EMPIRE GOVERNOR

Other Information: 

01-01-1923  :  Keel Laid Down                        10-01-1925  :  Launched                              23-06-1925  :  Completed

Twin-Screw passenger liner built for Lloyd Triestino Di Navigazione of Trieste for their Italy -- Australia service.

Originally fitted with twin Burmeister & Wain 6-cylinder oil engines.  Along with her sister-ships these were the very first Italian vessels to have internal combustion engines installed.  In the event, they proved to be under-powered, giving the vessel a best speed of only 12 knots.  Later, before the outbreak of WWII, all the vessels were re-engined with C.R.A. - Sulzer diesel engines that gave an increased speed of 17 knots.

On 10th of June 1940, whilst on a homeward-bound passage between Australia and Italy, the large Italain liner was captured by the British whilst in the Gulf of Aden and taken as a war prize.

In 1941 she was renamed EMPIRE GOVERNOR on behalf of the MOWT and placed under tghe management of P & O Lines.

In 1946 she was sent to Dalmuir for scrapping and the hulk was sent down to Troon for final demolition.

The only photograph I have been able to find of this attractive looking liner as the ESQUILINO appears to be heavily copyrighted and therefore cannot be used at this stage - perhaps later if I obtain permission

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