Empire Success

Empire Success was a 5,988 GRT cargo ship which was built by Vulkan Werke, Hamburg.

Completed in 1921 as Hagen for Hamburg America Line. Seized on 8 September 1939 at Durban by the South African Navy. To the South African Government and renamed Ixia. Bombed on 30 September 1940 at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire and damaged.

To MoWT, repaired and renamed Empire Success.

Laid up in January 1948 at Liverpool after a collision. Uneconomic to repair and scuttled on 22 August 1948 in the Bay of Biscay with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.

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Engine Type


Vulkan Werke


Steam 3 Cyl




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