british Leith, Hull & Hamburg Line - J. Currie & Co. - Currie Line - Leith & Hull Steampacket SS Luxemburg [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1910
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 1417  grt
dimensions 71.6 x 11 x 5.5 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
armament armed merchantship
power 142  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 288
IMO/Off. no. 129386
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 11/09/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Glasgow
owner
Leith, Hull & Hamburg Line - J. Currie & Co. - Currie Line - Leith & Hull Steampacket, Leith
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 45 max. / 40 min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed upright
visibility good
current strong
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
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[2] Nacsac
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 10/10/2005
last update Lettens Jan
last update 12/02/2014
 
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[1] Lettens Jan22/04/2010
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Lettens Jan06/08/2012

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Lockett Graham03/01/2010

Today the wreck lies broken down to a metre or two above the sand/reef seabed. The wreck is correctly orientated, though the single boiler has rolled off the wreck and is on its end nearby, with a long, slim donkey(?) boiler attached to it. Upright engine. Drive-shaft with 4 bladed iron prop attached. Loose portholes found lying on the wreck with many 18lb (fired) shellcases amongst the wreckage/seabed.
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Lettens Jan01/03/2011SS Luxembourg, built by Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Port Glasgow in 1910 and owned at the time of her loss by Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (J. Currie & Co.), Leith, was a British steamer of 1417 tons.

On September 11th, 1917, Luxembourg, on a voyage from Le Havre to Newport with a cargo of stores, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-51 (Hans Galster), 3.5 miles NNE Pendeen lighthouse. There were no casualties.
Allen Tony11/09/2013SS Luxemburg was mined by German submarine UC-51, laid on the 10th September 1917 when 3.5nm NNE Pendeen LH on the 11th September 1917 when on route from Le Havre for Newport with a cargo of stores.
Lettens Jan22/04/2010We have 2 UKHO reports for this vessel. Luxembourg and Luxemburg. The latter being the most accurate in lat/lon and in survey, but not for the name.
Lockett Graham03/01/2010The correct name for this wreck is the LUXEMBURG. She was returning from France with a cargo of 700 tons of used brass shell-cases from the Western Front (all 18lb) when she struck a mine. NACSAC divers spent many years searching with a magnetometer for this wreck. Though we found many others, this wreck proved elusive. It was eventually found in 2007 whilst waiting for slack water on the nearby Busby .

Pure luck in the end! No positive ID obtained, though due to the many shell-cases we are 99% sure this is the Luxemburg . No fortunes to be made though as the vast majority of them were salvaged in the 1970s/80s.
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Allen Tony23/08/2007Luxembourg SS was a defensively armed British Merchant steamer of 1.417grt. On the 11th September 1917 when 3½ miles NNE from Pendeen Lighthouse, Cornwall she struck a mine and sank.
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