chinese China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. SS Irene [+1927]
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nationality chinese
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1890
is nickname no
weight (tons) 1343  grt
dimensions 66.8 x 12.2 x 3.8 m
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 142  n.h.p.
yard no. 52
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 21/10/1927  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 645
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Napier Shanks & Bell, Glasgow
China Merchants Steam Navigation Co.
no. of passengers 258
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depth (m.) 13 max. / 12 min. (m)
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Lettens Jan14/11/2009
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Lettens Jan14/11/2009S/S IRENE

Owned by China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. and built in 1890 by Napier, Shanks & Bell; 1,343 tons; 219x40x12.5 ft.; 142 n.h.p.; triple expansion engines.

On October 19th, 1927, the chinese passenger ship S/S Irene, was on a voyage from Shanghai to Amoy with 258 passengers and crew, when she was captured by pirates .

The pirates, who were on board as passengers, set course to Bias Bay, a notorious pirate stronghold, 65 miles northeast of Hong Kong, but were intercepted by the British submarine HMSM L4.

When the ship entered Bias Bay, with all lights out, she did not comply with an order to stop and ignored a warning shot before her bow. L4 then fired a shell into the engine room, setting the Irene on fire.

Passengers, crew and pirates were taken off by other small naval craft and the Irene sank on the 21st.

Fourteen passengers were later found to be missing. The 10 pirates were later hanged.

The Chinese Government considered this as a flagrant act of aggression and brought suit against L4´s commander, without success.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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