Empire Gladstone

New South Wales

The Empire ships consisted of hundreds of vessels acquired in different manners, constructed,seized enemy vessels or bought overseas during Second World War. Empire Gladstone was a cargo steamer built by Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd in Sunderland, and was launched in February 1944. She was completed three months later and entered service for the British Ministry of War Transport. She survived the war, but under a journey from Wyalla to Sydney loaded with iron ore and vehicles she hit ground and shipwrecked at Haystack Rock outside Merimbula 5. September 1950. Most of her cargo of vehicles and some inventory was salvaged before she disappeared in the deep a few days later. The battered remains of her rest today on the south side of Haystack Rock on a depth of 10 to 13 meter.

Former names:
Empire Gladstone

430,0 x 55,8 x 32,8 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7090 grt
Sunderland ( UK ) 1944
London ( UK )

36°57'08.2"S 149°56'42.7"E

Last updated: November 2020