finnish SS Wilja [+1940]
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general
nationality finnish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1914
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 3396  grt
dimensions 103.4 x 14.8 x 6.7 m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
power 297  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 284
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 17/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Thompson Robert & Sons Ltd. (Robert Thompson Junior), Sunderland
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Wihuri A.
SS Wilja [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Unknown
SS Gertrud
period 1934 ~ 1939
[3]Norske Amerika Linje - Den Norske Amerikalinje - Norwegian America Line
SS Randsfjord
period 1921 ~ 1934
[4]Thoresen Thor Jnr. - Den Skandinaviske Øst Afrika Linje, Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Kongsfos
period 1914 ~ 1921
captain
no. of crew 27
about the wreck
depth (m.) 125 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 09/05/2006
last update Lettens Jan
last update 30/07/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan30/03/2008
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Wilja was a Finnish Steam Cargo vessel built in 1914 and formerly called GERTRUD 1939. She was owned by HANSEN O/Y, A/B KRISTIAN. She was on route from SAVANNAH for ANTWERP and ROTTERDAM carrying tobacco, gum rosin, wheat and turpentine when she was torpedoed by U-48. All the crew were saved.
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 Thompson Robert & Sons Ltd. (Robert Thompson Junior), Sunderland
Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland. - Robert Thompson opened his North Sands yard in 1846. His son, Robert, opened a yard at Southwick in 1854, while another son, Joseph Lowes, took over the yard at North Sands in 1860 and changed the company name to J. L. Thompson. Robert Thompson Jnr’s yard closed in 1933. J L Thompson’s yard was closed in 1979, although the fitting out quay was used by Doxford’s and Laing’s. St Peter’s Campus of Sunderland University now stands on the site.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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