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SS Clan Forbes (1938)
Name: SS Clan Forbes
Owner: Clan Line Steamers Ltd, London
Operator: Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd, London
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: Greenock Dockyard Co., Greenock
engines by J G Kincaid & Co
Yard number: 434
Launched: 8 September 1938
Fate: Scrapped 1959
General characteristics
Class & type: Cameron-class cargo steamship
Tonnage: 7,529 GRT
Length: 463.7 feet (141.3 m) p/p
Beam: 63 feet (19 m)
Draught: 29 feet 1 14 inches (8.87 m)
Depth: 29.9 feet (9.1 m)
Installed power: 1,370 NHP
Propulsion: 2 × triple expansion steam engines, 3 cylinder (HP 26", IP 42", LP 68" x 48" stroke)
LP exhaust turbines DR gearing with hydraulic couplings
Twin screw
5 x Single Ended forced draught boilers supplying superheated steam at maximum pressure of 220 lbs.
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h)

The SS Clan Forbes was a British cargo steamer that served in the Second World War.

Career[edit | edit source]

Clan Forbes was built at the Greenock Dockyard Company, Greenock as a Cameron-class ship for Clan Line. She was launched on 8 September 1938, and had her engines supplied by the firm of J G Kincaid & Co, also of Greenock. Her homeport was Glasgow. From the outbreak of the Second World War she was put into service carrying supplies to the UK's allies and outposts. On 16 August 1940, before setting out on one of these convoys, she was damaged by bombs in a German air raid whilst berthed at Tilbury dock. She was used to support Allied operations in the Mediterranean, and was one of the three merchant ships used in Operation Collar, a convoy to supply Malta and Alexandria. An attempt by Italian forces to intercept the ships led to the Battle of Cape Spartivento, after which Clan Forbes, and her sister Clan Fraser continued to Malta. She spent some of her time disguised as the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone, having been fitted with a dummy funnel.

Surviving the war, she continued in civilian service with the Clan Line, until 1959, when she was sold for scrap. She arrived at Hong Kong on 6 August 1959 to be broken up.

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