british Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co. MV Apapa (II) [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1927
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weight (tons) 9333  grt
dimensions 137.5 x 18.9 x 9.4 m
material steel
engine Oil engine.
power 1651  n.h.p.
speed 14.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 15/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.24rank: 628
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool
captain Davies, Vaughan
no. of crew 158
no. of passengers 95
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2200 max. / -- min. (m)
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Lettens Jan31/10/2012APAPA

9,333 tons. 451ft x 62ft. Built in the UK in 1927 by Harland and Wolf in Belfast. Owned by the Elder Dempster Line. The steamer APAPA served Liverpool to West Africa with her sister ship ACCRA.

On November 15th, 1940, while on voyage from Lagos to Liverpool, APAPA was bombed and sunk by german FW 200 Condor aircraft, 200 miles west from Achill Head, County Mayo (Ireland).

APAPA was carrying 95 passengers, a crew of 158 and 23 lost their lives. Her cargo of gold was valued at 19.188.
Vleggeert Nico01/02/2009The British motorvessel Apapa was bombed and sunk by German aircraft about 200 miles W. of Achill Head, County Mayo.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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About Owners
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool

Elder Dempster was a private partnership controlled by Sir Alfred Jones . He died in 1909 and his various holdings were sold to Sir Owen Cosby Philipps and Lord Pirrie who formed Elder, Dempster & Co. Ltd.

The group collapsed in 1931 and was reformed as Elder Dempster Holdings Ltd with the Elder Dempster fleet managed by Holts. 1953 Elder Dempster Lines Holdings changed its name to Liner Holdings and in 1965 ownership was taken over by Ocean Steamship Co. Ltd. The fleets owned by this company, now known as Ocean Transport & Trading Co. Ltd were increasingly integrated after 1974.

The Elder Dempster Line was sold to the French Company Société Navale Chargeurs Delmas-Vieljeux in 1989 but without the ships at which point Ocean Transport & Trading withdrew from deep-sea shipowning.

Lloyd's reference: 1193

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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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