greek SS Victoria [+1940]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
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weight (tons) 6085  grt
dimensions 120.5 x 16.8 x 9.4 m
engine 2 steam turbine, single shaft, 1 screw, 3751 nrt
power 646  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 29
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons abandoned
date lost 21/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny (New Jersey)
engine by
Midwest Eng. Co., Indianapolis
last owner
[1]Nicolaides D. A., Piraeus
SS Victoria [+1940]
period 1940 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]United States Government
SS Bellflower
period 1919 ~ 1940
no. of crew 27
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1200 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Siert Ingo
last update 10/03/2013
Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Siert Ingo10/03/2013According other sources the SS VICTORIA was not (initially?) sunk by torpedo but abandoned after the attack of U-103 by her crew. The crew was rescued by HMS CASTLETON. The VICTORIA was never found afterwards. In same attack on convoy OB-244 the british steamer DAYAWN was sunk.
Allen Tony21/11/2010Completed in December 1919 as Bellflower for US Shipping Board (USSB), later registered in Panama. 1939 laid up at Norfolk for sale by Hyman-Michaels Co, Chicago IL. 1940 sold to Greece and renamed Victoria. On the 21st November 1940 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-103 (Viktor Schültz) when on route from Avomouth for Botwood, Newfoundland.
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 Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny (New Jersey)
Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. Its Kearny shipyard was developed for the WWI war effort and managed to stay fully operational throughout the inter-war years. It expanded its capabilities for the WWII effort, with the aid of $10mm from the Navy, and developed a second shipyard, in Port Newark, with another $20mm from the Navy. Both yards closed permanently after WWII and were liquidated. The Kearny yard was on the Hackensack River, at Kearny Point, just south of the southerly of the two Routes 1 and 9 bridges:

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