british Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co. SS Diplomat [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1921
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weight (tons) 8240  grt
dimensions 152.2 x 17.7 x 10.1 m
engine 3 steam turbines geared to 1 shaft, 1 screw
speed 12  knots
yard no. 3812
IMO/Off. no. 145878
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 27/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 647
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Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., Scotstoun
Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool
no. of crew 53
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depth (m.) 2700 max. / -- min. (m)
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[1] Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
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Lettens Jan27/11/2012On 27 November 1940, the British steamer Diplomat (Capt. William Augustus Hansen), a straggler from the convoy HX-88, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-104 (Harald Jürst), 128 miles west-northwest from Bloody Foreland.

The master and 13 crew members were lost. 39 crew members were picked up by HMS Active (H-14) and landed at Greenock. Diplomat her cargo was 4484 tons of cotton, 2760 tons of iron and steel and 1603 tons of general cargo.
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Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool

Thomas & James Harrison was founded when George Brown died in 1853, both brothers taking over the company. In 1871 the Charente Steamship Company was established to take on the ownership of the ships with Thos. & Jas. Harrison as managers. Owned over 70 ships before WWI, of which 27 were lost during WWI. Harrisons lost 30 out of 46 ships in WWII.
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