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Troopships - HMT Empire Ken


HMT Empire Ken, circa 1950s.
Accession Number: KO2668/67

Empire Ken
The Empire Ken started her life as the Ubena, one of several luxury vessels operated by the German East Africa Line in the 1930s. During the Second World War,  she became part of the Nazi fleet, helping to service submarine flotillas. In February 1945, she was used to transport German wounded and helped evacuate refugees from East Prussia.
As part of war reparations, the UK claimed her on 17th July 1945, while she was tied up in Copenhagen, and converted to transport British troops.

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