british Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd. SS Llanfair [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
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weight (tons) 4966  grt
dimensions 122 x 16.3 x 7.9 m
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 10  knots
yard no. 263
IMO/Off. no. 160515
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 11/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 667
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Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd., Cardiff
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depth (m.) 2700 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 05/06/2006
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[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Allen Tony19/03/2008Llanfair SS was a British cargo steamer built of 4,966 tons built in 1928 by Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland for RADCLIFFE & CO, EVAN THOMAS. On the 11th August 1940 when on rooute from from MACKAY, QUEENSLAND and FREETOWN for AVONMOUTH in Convoy SL-41 as a straggler and carrying a cargo of 7,800 tons of sugar she was torpedoed by German submarine U-38 and sunk. From a crew of 32, 3 were lost.
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About Owners
Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd., Cardiff

Evan Thomas, Radcliffe and Company was one of the more prosperous and best-known of Cardiff-based shipowning companies, established in 1882 by a Ceredigion sea captain, Evan Thomas, and a Merthyr Tydfil businessman, Henry Radcliffe. Prior to 1939 one of the principal activities of the company was the transportation of Welsh steam coal, this trade reaching its peak in the years immediately prior to World War I. The company was finally wound-up in the 1980s.

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About Builders
 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
The 'Bartram' shipbuilding business was started in 1837 at Hylton by George Bartram. Later he formed a partnership George Bartram & John Lister which lasted till 1854. Following the partnership dissolution, George Bartram was on his own at Hylton, trading as 'George Bartram & Sons'.

George Bartram............. 1837 to 18?? (South Hylton)
Bartram & Lister ............ 18?? to 1854 (South Hylton)
George Bartram & Sons. 1854 to 1871 (South Hylton)
Bertram, Haswell & Co... 1871 to 1894 (South Dock)
Bartram & Sons Ltd........ 1894 to 1967 (South Dock)

George Bartram opened his yard at Hylton in 1837. The business moved to South Dock in 1871, and was the only firm to launch ships directly into the North Sea. The company was taken over by Austin & Pickersgill in 1967. The yard closed in 1978.

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