french Bordes, Antoine-Dominique & Fils SV Union [+1914]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type barque - bark
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1882
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 2234  grt
dimensions 88.28 x 13.1 x 7.21 m
material steel
rigging 4 masts (rigged with royal sails), 2139 nrt, launched as full-rigger, reduced to barque-rig in 1911 after collision with SV Madeleine
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cause lost scuttled
date lost 28/10/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Russell & Co. Ltd., Greenock
owner
Bordes, Antoine-Dominique & Fils, Paris
captain Grégoire, Victor
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 01/04/2014
 
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Lettens Jan29/08/2011
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Lettens Jan18/06/2013KRONPRINZ WILHELM was a passenger liner of 15.000 tons, measuring 202x20x8.8 m, built in 1901 for the Norddeutscher Lloyd by Vulkan Stetting Werke. In 1914, she was requisitioned by the German Navy and armed with 2x120 mm and 2x88 mm guns.

During WWI, KRONPRINZ WILHELM sank the following ships: INDIAN PRINCE, LA CORRENTINA, UNION, ANNE DE BRETAGNE, BELLEVUE, MONT AGEL, HEMISPHERE, POTARO, HIGHLAND BRAE, WILFRID M., SEMANTHA, CHASEHILL (captured), GUADELOUPE, TAMAR and COLEBY.

In 1917, she was interned in the US when she ran out of supplies. She served as a US Navy troop transport in WWI. After WWI, she was turned over to the US Shipping Board, where she remained in service until she was scrapped in 1923
 
 
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Lettens Jan29/08/2011On 28th October 1914, the French sailing ship UNION (Capt. Grégoire Victor), on passage from Port Said to Valparaiso, was captured and sunk by the German Raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM.
Siert Ingo18/10/2012Position of capture stated as: 27°S / 32°W
Lettens Jan23/08/2011Captain Grégoire Victor commanded 2 ships, both sunk by the Germans in WWI: the UNION and the RANCAGUA, the latter sinking ended tragically.
Lettens Jan29/08/2011SHIPS SUNK BY raider SMS KRONPRINZ WILHELM

Lettens Jan01/04/2014On June 24th, 1911, the French 4-masted barque MADELEINE, with a cargo of nitrate of soda and coal, dragged her anchors during a severe storm at Iquique. MADELEINE subsequently collided with UNION, stranded on Serano Island, where she capsized.

MADELEINE was totally lost. UNION (sunk in WWI by KRONPRINZ WILHELM) was seriously damaged but repaired.

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Bordes, Antoine-Dominique & Fils, Paris

Founded by Antoine-Dominique Bordes. From 1848 to 1925, the company operated 127 sailing ships. During WWI, the Bordes company was renamed by the state 'Compagnie d'Armement et d'Importation des Nitrates de Soude' to continue the supply of salpeter.
 
 
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