british Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines) RMS Magdalena (fore part) [+1949]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1948
weight (tons) 17547  grt
dimensions 168 x 22.3 x 8.76 m
material steel
engine 2 x Parsons type triple expansion steam turbines., 2 screws
power 1800  s.h.p.
speed 18  knots
yard no. 1354
IMO/Off. no. 182955
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about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 25/04/1949  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London
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depth (m.) 13 max. / 11.5 min. (m)
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Allen Tony16/02/2009The "Magdalena" was a twin-screw turbine steel clencher built vessel. She was built in 1948 by Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Limited, of Belfast; was owned by Royal Mail Lines, Limited; her registered manager being Mr. F. G. Spriddell, and at the time of her loss was on her maiden voyage. Her gross tonnage was 17,547, and her registered dimensions: Length, 551.2 feet, and breadth, 73.3 feet. The vessel was sub-divided into nine watertight compartments by eight transverse watertight bulkheads and had three holds forward and two aft.

The "Magdalena" was equipped for the carriage of refrigerated cargo, and had a passenger certificate entitling her to carry 529 passengers, with a crew of 241 hands all told. At the time of the stranding the "Magdalena" was carrying about 347 passengers and a crew of 237. The propelling machinery consisted of two sets of Parsons type triple-expansion turbines with double reduction gearing. Magdalena SS at llhas Tijucas, near Rio de Janeiro, on the 25th April, 1949, ran aground and subsequently broke her back resulting in the loss of the ship.
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About Owners
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London

Founded as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1839. Services between the UK and the Caribbean and Central America and North America.

Purchased the White Star Line in 1927.

In 1932, changed name to Royal Mail Line and re-organisation after scandal and losses.

In 1965 RML was purchased by Furness, Withy & Co.

Lloyd's reference: 1188.

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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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