french Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes) SS Ville du Havre (+1873)
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nationality french
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1865
weight (tons) 5065  grt
dimensions 128.5 x 14.1 x 6.81 m
material iron
engine Originally paddle-steam and 2 masts, in 1871 4-cyl compound engine, single screw., 3 masts
power 3300  h.p.
speed 13  knots
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cause lost collision
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date lost 22/11/1873  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.226rank: 405
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Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co., London
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Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
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[1]Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
SS Ville du Havre (+1873)
period 1870 ~ 1873
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[2]Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
Napoléon III
period 1865 ~ 1870
captain Surmonte, Marino
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Allen Tony22/11/2009Ville du Havre SS was a French iron steamship that operated round trips between the northern coast of France and New York. Launched in 1866 under her original name of Napoléon III, she was converted from a paddle steamer to single propeller propulsion in 1871 and renamed Ville du Havre.In the early hours of 22 November 1873, Ville du Havre collided with the Scottish three-masted iron clipper, LochEarn and sank in 12 minutes with the loss of 226 lives.

Only 61 passengers and 26 crew members survived, rescued by Loch Earn and subsequently, an American vessel, the Tremountain.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Ville du Havre SS, French Atlantic mail steamer, 3950 tons. At that time the largest passenger vessel in the world. It is not often that sail comes off better than steam in a collision, but such was the case when the iron fully-rigged sailing ship Loch Earn collided with the Ville du Havre in the English Channel, 22 November 1873. The steamer Ville du Havre SS sank within fifteen minutes with the loss of two hundred and twenty-six.

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About Builders
 Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co., London
Company who owned the largest shipyard ever built on the River Thames. Produced hundreds of merchant and military ships, several of them the largest at time of their buiçfind. Was overtaken by northern yards of Britain more modern and stopped production in 1912

Entreprise qui posséda le plus grand chantier naval jamais édifiés sur le fleuve Tamise. Produisit des centaines de navires marchands et militaires, plusieurs d'entr'eux les plus grands à l'époque de leur lancement. Fut concurrencée par les chantiers du nord de Grande Bretagne plus modernes et arrêta sa production en 1912

Empresa que poseía mayor astillero jamás construido en el río Támesis. Produció cientos de buques mercantes y militares, varios de ellos los mayores en la época de su botadura. Fue superada por los astilleros norteños de Gran Bretaña más moderno y paró lsu producción en 1912

Empresa que possuía o maior estaleiro já construída no rio Tamisa. Centenas produzidos de comerciante e navios militares, vários deles para o maior momento da sua introdução. Foi ultrapassado por estaleiros do norte da Grã-Bretanha mais moderno e parou a sua produção em 1912

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Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.

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