finnish Finska Angfartygs A/B - Finland S.S. Co - Finland Line - Krogius Lars SS Mercator [+1939]
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nationality finnish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1904
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weight (tons) 4106  grt
dimensions 109.7 x 14.6 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 403  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 270
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 01/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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Furness Withy & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
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[1]Finska Angfartygs A/B - Finland S.S. Co - Finland Line - Krogius Lars, Helsinki (Helsingfors)
SS Mercator [+1939]
period 1925 ~ 1939
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[2]Manchester Liners Ltd., Manchester
SS Manchester Mariner
period 1904 ~ 1925
IMO/Off. no.: 119582
no. of crew 32
about the wreck
depth (m.) 65 max. / 40 min. (m)
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Mercator was a steam cargo vessel built in 1904 and was previously called Manchester Mariner (1925). She was owned by FINSKA ANGFARTYGS A/B. A/B FINLAND-AMERIKA LINJEN O/Y and was on route from BUENOS AIRES and LEITH for HELSINKI with a cargo of coffee, maize, linseed, casein and groundnut meal when she was torpedoed by U-21. 1 crew lost.

1904  Manchester Mariner ( 1925)
1925 Mercator

Fins stoomschip van 4260 grt gebouwd in 1904  bij Withy Furness onder bouwnummer 270
L x B: 109,7 x 14,6 m.
Eigenaar bij oplevering in 1904: Manchester Lines Ltd (Furness, Withy), Manchester
Eigenaar vanaf 1925 Finland Amerika Line.
Op weg van Buenos Aires naar Leith en Helsinki met een gemengde lading getorpedeerd en tot zinken gebracht op 1-12-1939 door de Duitse onderzeeboot U-21.

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 Furness Withy & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
In 1884 Edward Withy and Co was sold to Christopher Furness. Furness was a local shipowner, with a string of businesses related to shipping. In 1891 the company amalgamated the businesses of Mr. Christopher Furness, steamship owner, with that of Messrs. Edward Withy and Co, iron and steel steamship builders and repairers. In 1897 the Victoria, the largest vessel ever built by the yard, was launched by Lady Furness in August. It was the first of many transatlantic liners built by them. -- In 1909 Furness amalgamated the Middleton yard with his Irvine Harbour yard. The trading name was Irvine's Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Ltd. During the first world war the yard made 2 tankers, a tramp and two cargo liners. In addition a number of standard "B" type trams and a "Z" type tanker were also made along with some other smaller vessels. -- In 1917 the Middleton and Harbour yard were sold to a syndicate acting through the Commercial bank of London. -- 1921 was the last year that the company showed a profit due to the freight slump of the preceding year. The yards remained closed until 1930 when it was decided to liquidate the yards

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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Richardsons, Westgarth Co of Low Street, Sunderland were marine engineers in Hartlepool 1900 – 1982 --- Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesbrough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland
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