american SS West Aleta [+1920]
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
weight (tons) 5720  grt
dimensions 140 x 18 x 9.1 m
material steel
engine 1 steam turbine, 4 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 2500  s.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 8
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about the loss
cause lost gale/storm
date lost 12/02/1920  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Western Pipe & Steel Co., San Francisco
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General Electric Co.
Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
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depth (m.) 10 max. / 5 min. (m)
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Wijnschip..lokale strandjutters hadden maanden een kater aan over. Zeer goeie port aan boord, volle vaten spoelden aan...wrak is in verschillende stukken gebroken,maar stoommachienne is nog goed zichtbaar. Bodemdiepte is 10 meters en wk smijt 5 meters hoog…

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Tolhuisen Michael08/09/2005West-Aleta werd in 1919 gebouwd door Schaw-Batcher C° in san-Fransisco. Op 12 februari 1920 verging tijdens een zware storm voor de kust van Terschelling het Amerikaanse vrachtschip ´´West Aleta´´, dat was geladen met Portugese wijn.

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About Owners
Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.

The United States Shipping Board was established as an emergency agency by the Shipping Act (39 Stat. 729), 7 September 1916. It was formally organized 30 January 1917. It was sometimes referred to as the War Shipping Board.

The Shipping Board's functions were to:
Regulate: commercial maritime carriers and trade practices,
marine insurance, transfers of ship registry, and the rates charged in interstate waterborne commerce.

Investigate adequacy of port and water transportation facilities,
Determine the necessity for steamship lines and the characteristics of vessels on those lines,
Develop a naval auxiliary and merchant marine, and
Subsidize private ship construction.

The Board was abolished, effective 2 March 1934.

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About Builders
 Western Pipe & Steel Co., San Francisco
Western Pipe & Steel Company was created in Los Angeles in 1906, by T. A. Hays and James A. Talbot. They acquired the Shaw-Batcher shipyard in San Francisco in 1917 and built cargo ships for the U.S. Shipping Board in World War I. It was one of the few WWI emergency yards not to close after the war, building barges and dredges and fabricating pipe between the wars, and becoming one of the pioneers of automatic welding machinery. The yard was in South San Francisco and had four berths from which ships were launched sideways, two on each side of a large basin. The site is now a residential complex. For WWII, the company started a second yard in San Pedro, which was in the West Basin, where Berths 125 to 132 are now. Several sources say that they used side-launch ways here too, but photographs clearly show end-launch ways. Both yards closed at the end of the war and were sold to Consolidated Steel, which became Consolidated Western Steel, a division of U.S. Steel. The two yards used a single sequence of hull numbers, but the known numbers do not match the chronological sequence of contract award dates.

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