british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Betty (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
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weight (tons) 2339  grt
dimensions 76.5 x 13.3 x 6.77 m
engine 3 cyl triple expansion engine
power 330  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 14/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Superior Shipbuilding Co., West Superior
MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
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depth (m.) 97 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 24/04/2006
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Allen Tony07/06/2009Built as American Lake Agomak SS for US Shipping Board, Washington DC. In 1924 renamed Betty Weems SS for Baltimore & Carolina SS Co, Baltimore, MD. In 1930 transferred to A.H. Bull SS Co, Baltimore MD and 1931 renamed Betty SS. In 1937 sold to China Merchants Steam Navigation Co, Shanghai and 1938 transferred to William Hunt & Co, Hong Kong. In 1940 taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

On the 14th August 1940 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-59 when on route from Saigon, Indo-China for Liverpool carrying a cargo of 2,726 tons of rice when 35 miles 260 degrees from Tory Island.

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Allen Tony04/02/2008Betty SS was a British Steam Freighter built in 1918 and was formerly called CN in 1940. She was on route from SAIGON for LIVERPOOL carrying 2,726 tons of rice when she was torpedoed and sunk by U-59. She was sunk 35 miles North of TORY ISLAND, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
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 Superior Shipbuilding Co., West Superior
Formed as The American Steel Barge Company in 1888. In 1900 renamed Superior Shipbuilding. Later became AmShip Superior and Frazer Shipyards.
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