british Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd. SS Cavallo [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1913
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 2086  grt
dimensions 94.6 x 13.6 x -- m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 249  n.h.p.
yard no. 275
IMO/Off. no. 133446
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 01/02/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 666
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Dunlop, Bremner & Co, Port Glasgow
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Dunlop, Bremner & Co, Port Glasgow
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[1]Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull
SS Cavallo [+1918]
period 1917 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 133446
prev. owners
[2]Wilson Thos., Sons & Co. Ltd. - Wilson Line Of Hull - Wilson C. H., Hull
SS Cavallo
period 1913 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 133446
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depth (m.) 53 max. / 35 min. (m)
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Sank 6 miles NW from Trevose Head, Cornwall.

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Lettens Jan20/03/2011SS Cavallo, built by Dunlop, Bremner & Co. Ltd., Port Glasgow in 1913 and owned at the time of her loss by T. Wilson, Sons & Co. Ltd., Hull, was a British steamer of 2086 tons.

On February 1st, 1918, Cavallo, on a voyage from Liverpool & Swansea to Odda with a cargo of coal & tinplate, was sunk by the German submarine U-46 (Leo Hillebrand), 6 miles northwest of Trevose Head. 3 persons were lost.
Allen Tony03/06/2008Cavallo SS, a 2,086 grt was a defensively armed British merchant steamer built in 1913 by Dunlop Bremner & Co, Port Glasgow, Yard No 275 for Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd, Hull. She was powered by a steam triple expansion engine of 249nhp. Engines by Shipbuilder. In 1917 she was purchased by the Ellerman´s Wilson Line, Hull. On the 1st February 1918 she was torpedoed by German submarine U-46when 6 miles NW from Trevose Head, Cornwall when on route from Swansea for Odda with a cargo of coal.

3 lives were lost.
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About Owners
Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull

The Wilson Line of Hull, 1840-1916 - Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co. - A private firm that operated a major fleet while remaining entirely family owned. Entering the steam shipping business in the early 1850s, the firm experienced rapid growth through the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. Though the dynamic expansion of the fleet slackened off in the 1890s, the Wilson Line entered the 20th century with a capital stock of over 100 steamers with an aggregate tonnage of almost 120,000 tons. The Times referred to the Wilson Line as the “largest privately-owned shipping line in the world”. The scale of the company was also impressive from a local perspective. From the early 1890s down to the Great War, the Wilson Line owned at least half of the tonnage registered in the port of Hull. In October 1916, the Wilsons sold their “business unique” to Ellerman Lines Ltd for some £4.3m. which then became Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd - - - John Ellerman was born on Anlaby Road, Hull in 1862. He was the son of a German corn merchant who had come to the city from Hamburg in 1850.
His father died when John was 9-years-old, and left him a legacy of £600. His mother came from Birmingham and John moved to the city to start a career as an accountant. After passing his exams he moved to London and set up his own accountancy practice.
He began his business empire in 1892 when he put together a consortium to buy up an ailing shipping company. He sold on the company a few years later to the American financier JP Morgan, at a considerable profit. Spurred on by this success, Ellerman began to snap up other shipping lines.
He was awarded a baronetcy in 1905, for his support in providing the government with ships during the Boer War.
In 1916 Ellerman acquired the Hull based Wilson Line, once the world’s largest privately owned fleet
Sir John Ellerman died in 1933. He left over £36 million in his will, over £10 billion in today’s values.

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