british Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line SS Flavia [+1918]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1902
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 9291  grt
dimensions 151.8 x 17.3 x 9.8 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, three boilers, 2 screws
power 453  h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 755
IMO/Off. no. 115224
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 24/08/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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builder
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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[1]Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool
SS Flavia [+1918]
period 1916 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 115224
prev. owners
[2]Canadian Northern Steamships, London
SS Campanello
period 1915 ~ 1916
[3]Uranium Steamship Company., London
SS Campanello
period 1910 ~ 1915
[4]Navigazione Generale Italiana - NGI, Genoa
SS Campania
period 1906 ~ 1910
[5]British Shipowners Co. Ltd., London
SS British Empire
period 1902 ~ 1906
IMO/Off. no.: 115224
captain
no. of passengers 2290
about the wreck
depth (m.) 101 max. / 89 min. (m)
orientation 95°
protected
war grave
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last update 18/04/2013
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Flavia was a 9.291grt, defensively-armed British merchantship of the Cunard Line. On the 24th August 1918 when 30 miles NW by W from Tory Island, County Donegal, Ireland. She was torpedoed without warning and sunk by submarine, 1 life lost. On route from Montreal to Avonmouth.
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Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool

Abraham Cunard, an American loyalist of German extraction, moved north to Canada after the War of Independence. His son Samuel became one of the leading businessmen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was awarded the Admiralty contract to carry mail by steam ship across the North Atlantic and to carry out the agreement founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. . The mail service was inaugurated by 'Britannia' in 1840. In the 1850s the company extended its services to take on a Liverpool-Mediterranean route. In the early 1870s Cunard's supremacy in the North Atlantic was challenged by the White Star Line ; this revitalized the company's performance and it embarked on a programme of new building.


The North Atlantic Companies were hard hit by the 1930s recession and in 1934 Cunard took over White Star to form the Cunard White Star Line . Competition from air travel led to passenger retrenchment from the 1960s. The 'Queen Mary' and 'Queen Elizabeth' were sold but the company launched a new liner, the 'Queen Elizabeth 2' in 1969. In the 1970s the company diversified into cargo carrying. It is at present part of the American Carnival Corporation, with a fleet of three ships, cruising worldwide, including on its traditional transatlantic route.

Lloyd's reference: 1751


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About Builders
 Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Original founders: Brothers Charles Mark and George Palmer from Jarrow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. - - - Charles Palmer established a yard at Jarrow in 1851 and built its first iron collier 'The John Bowes' in the following year. It was the first ever sea-going screw collier and was built for shipping coal to London.
Palmers were also famed for building the first rolled armour plates for warships in 1854.


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