Type: Steam merchant
Tonnage: 6.586 tons
Completed :1915 - Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino, Trieste
Owner : Mark Whitwell & Son Ltd, Bristol
Built as Italian Teodo for Italian Government (Ministry of Transport). 1924 renamed Barbana for Ministry of Marine, Italy and 1926 renamed Barbana G. for Societa Anonima Co-operativa di Navigazione Garibaldi, Genoa.
On 10 Jun, 1940, the Barbana G. was taken as prize at sea off Leith and taken to Methil. She was renamed Empire Airman by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
At 00.22 hours on 22 Sep, 1940, the Empire Airman (Master John Brown Raine) in convoy HX-72 was torpedoed and damaged by U-100 about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland. The ship was taken in tow but sank on 23 September