swedish Gorthon Rederi A/B (Rederi Activ, Gorthon & Börjesson Fam.) SS Tilia Gorthon (+1940)
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nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1930
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weight (tons) 1776  grt
dimensions 85 x 12.9 x 5.4 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 188  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 261
IMO/Off. no. 3007653
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons gunfire - shelled
date lost 20/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.10rank: 652
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Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S - FMV, Fredrikstad
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Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S - FMV, Fredrikstad
Gorthon Rederi A/B (Rederi Activ, Gorthon & Börjesson Fam.), Helsingborg
captain Günther, J.F.
no. of crew 21
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Allen Tony19/03/2008Tilia Gorthon SS was a Swedish Cargo Steamer of 1,776 tons built in 1930 by Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredriksstad for GORTHON, JOH. REDEREI-A/B ACTIV. On the 20th June 1940 when on route from Bahia - Liverpool - Nantes with a cargo of coal she was torpedoed by German submarine U-38 and sunk. 10 crew missing from a total of 21 crew.
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 Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S - FMV, Fredrikstad
Founded in 1870 by brothers Jens Jacob and Andreas Jensen in Fredrikstad. The main product was the machinery lumber industry.

1915 was the start of a major success for the company, it became one of the leaders in the Nordic shipbuilding industry. Most of the shipbuilding activities were moved to Asia for the low wages.

The company existed as a subsidiary of the Kvaerner Group, but was sold in 1993 to local owners, who still have a small business in the area.

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