british Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.) MV Vancouver City [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1930
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weight (tons) 4955  grt
dimensions 126.7 x 16.8 x -- m
engine Oil engine
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speed 12  knots
yard no. 598
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 14/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 665
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Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
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Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
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entered 26/08/2006
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last update 21/09/2011
 
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Allen Tony29/08/2009Vancouver City was a British Merchant Motor Vessel of 4.955 tons and built in 1930 and owned by REARDON SMITH LINE LTD. On the 14th September 1939 when on route from SUVA for U.K carrying a cargo of sugar she was torpedoed by U-28 and sunk. 3 crew lost.
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Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff

Reardon Smith founded his own company in 1905, Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, based in Cardiff.

The company owned the St Just Steamship Company, Leeds Shipping Company and Cornborough Shipping Line and W.R. Smith and Instow Steamship Co. Ltd..
 
About Builders
 Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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