british British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - BISN SS Sirdhana [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1925
is nickname no
weight (tons) 7745  grt
dimensions 132.9 x 17.7 x 10.1 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 801  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 1200
IMO/Off. no. 148712
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about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 13/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.20rank: 635
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - BISN, London
captain Fairbairn, P.
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depth (m.) 18 max. / 10.2 min. (m)
orientation 67°
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Lettens Jan01/01/2009
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Allen Tony06/03/2009The steamship Sirdhana SS, Capt. P. Fairbairn, was leaving Singapore harbour on Monday, November 13th, 1939, with a large number of passengers on board, of whom 137 were Chinese deportees, when she struck a mine some three miles offshore and sank in 20 minutes. Twenty Asiatic deck passengers were killed.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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About Owners
British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - BISN, London

Registered in 1856 as the Calcutta & Burmah Steam Navigation Co. and in 1862 became British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. In 1886 B.I. took control of the Australian S.N. Co. and their coastal services out of Brisbane. This became Australasian United S.N. Co. Apcar & Co., Calcutta with their fleet of five ships was taken over in 1912 and the five ships and the Australian company of Archibald Currie was absorbed in 1913. B.I. and P & O Steam Navigation Co. merged in 1914 but each kept their separate identities until 1971 when all ships came under the parent P&O company.

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 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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