norwegian SS Rudolf (norw.) [+1939]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1893
live live
weight (tons) 941  grt
dimensions 62.8 x 9.8 x 4.4 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 1 screw
power 127  n.h.p.
yard no. 43
IMO/Off. no. 101824
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 21/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
last owner
[1]Sandøy Skibs A/S (Larsen & Thorvildsen), Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Rudolf (norw.) [+1939]
period 1937 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 101824
prev. owners
[2]Rudolf A/S, Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Rudolf
period 1915 ~ 1935
[3]Angfartygs A/B Tirfing
SS Smaland
period 1901 ~ 1915
[4]Fisher Renwick & Co., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Skeffington
period 1899 ~ 1901
IMO/Off. no.: 101824
[5]Scott John & Co., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Skeffington
period 1893 ~ 1899
IMO/Off. no.: 101824
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entered 17/04/2006
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last update 29/03/2013
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Built by Wolf, Skinner & Co, Newcastle on Tyne, ex Småland, ex Skeffington. Owned by Skibs-A/S Sandøy (Larsen, S A), registered Oslo. Bought 1915 and renamed Rudolf. Torpedoed and sunk by U-46, Capt Sohler on December 21st 1939 when on a voyage from Gothenburg to the UK in ballast. (Norway was still neutral at this time).
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 Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Wood, Skinner and Co of Bill Quay, Newcastle-on-Tyne --- James Skinner and William Wood opened the Tyne yard with six slipways, in 1883 at Bill Quay. Both of the business partners had experience working for other well-known shipbuilders. Initially the yard built coasters and short-sea traders, largely for Scandinavian companies. In 1897 it incorporated as a limited company. In 1914 the company was listed as shipbuilders and repairers at Bill Quay. The yard also made ships for the Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd of Newcastle. The small steamer Angelus was the first of 30 colliers and short-sea traders to come from the yard. Burnett had a strong working relationship with Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd for 32 years. It only came to an end when Wood, Skinner went into liquidation in 1925. During WW1 the yards output included 12 self trimming colliers, two "Insect" class boats and six WAR 'C' and 'D' ships. Between 1921-25 the yard relied heavily on orders from Gas, Light and Coke Company and Burnett, Sharp and Stephenson, Clarke building a total of 11 ships for them in this period. The yard failed financially in 1925 having built 330 small vessels and maintaining a reputation for building colliers.

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