norwegian SS Sig [+1939]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coastal cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1924
is nickname no
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 1342  grt
dimensions 71.8 x 10.9 x 5 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen, two single boilers, single screw
armament none
power 178  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 93
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about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 04/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 665
about people
Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
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Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
last owner
[1]August Kjaerland & Co. A/S D/S Ask, Bergen
SS Sig [+1939]
period 1937 ~ 1939
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prev. owners
[2]Pope Alfred J., Cardiff
SS Seabank
period 1937 ~ 1937
[3]Llewellyn Shipping Co. - Thomas W. B. & Co., Cardiff
SS Joyce Llewellyn
period 1924 ~ 1937
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Racey Carl22/05/2009Built as the JOYCE LLEWELLYN for W. B. Thomas & Co; Yard No 93; Launch Date 03/04/1924; Sold to A. J. Pope in 1937 and renamed SEABANK; Sold to August Kjærland & Co. in 1937 and renamed SIG; Lloyds register of 1937 has owners as Veronica Steam Ship Co; Mined, 3 lives lost.

On the 3rd November the 1,341ton Norwegian steamer SIG sank after an explosion, in the same area were the JUNO was lost with all hands, as a result of enemy action, a few days before. Some of her crew were picked up after three hours in the water, but eight were severely injured and three more were missing, presumed drowned. On the same day the Danish motor vessel CANADA was mined and sunk near Spurn.
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Racey Carl08/03/2011Jan-Olof, Sweden, stated that the following can be found in "Lloyd's War Losses, Vol I British, Allied and Neutral Merchant Vessels Sunk or Destroyed by War Causes", 1989 reprint: "On a voyage from Kragerø for Grimsby. Cargo woodpulp. Struck a mine on Nov. 4-1939 and sank in position 53 43N 0 17E. Three dead." Engineer Sigurd Johan M. Jensen, Stoker Nils Martinsen, and Stoker Stål Tingstad are commemorated.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Sig. Built in Aberdeen, Scotland 1924. On a voyage from Kragerø for Grimsby. Cargo woodpulp. Struck a mine on November 4th 1939 and sank. Three dead.
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About Builders
 Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
The shipbuilding firm of John Lewis & Sons Ltd. specialised in cargo and fishing vessels.

John Lewis & Sons Ltd was established in 1907 by Andrew Lewis. His father John had been a wooden boatbuilder in Cove. He then built up a marine engine production and repair business in Aberdeen.

The firm did not build any ships until 1917, when the First World War created a demand for new shipping. Lewis constructed coasters and drifters but later concentrated on cargo vessels.

During the Second World War, Lewis built more than thirty vessels, including minesweeper trawlers and patrol vessels. The company continued to specialise in steam and diesel trawlers after the war. However, they also built the sail training vessel Malcolm Miller in 1968.

The trawler Fairtry was completed in 1954. This vessel was equipped for filleting and freezing its catch at sea. Fish meal and oil could also be produced. The blocks of filleted fish produced aboard Fairtry were used by Birdseye and Ross to make fish fingers.

In 1972, John Lewis & Sons Ltd. was taken over by the Wood Group. The Group had a number of fishing industry interests, including vessel ownership and fish processing. However, by this date, it was expanding into services for the oil industry.

In 1976 a new 1600 ton slipway was constructed by the Wood Group, suitable for the repair of offshore supply vessels. The yard then began to concentrate on such repair work, although it continued to build occasional vessels until the 1980s.

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