norwegian SS Guvernøren (Ex-Imo) [+1921]
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general
nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type tanker (ex-ocean liner)
propulsion steam
date built 1889
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 5043  grt
dimensions 131.3 x 13.8 x 9.2 m
engine Triple expansion engine, 1 screw
power 424  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
IMO/Off. no. 93837
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 30/11/1921  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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builder
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
last owner
[1]Odd A/S
SS Guvernøren (Ex-Imo) [+1921]
period 1918 ~ 1921
IMO/Off. no.: 93837
prev. owners
[2]South Whaling Pacific Co.
SS Imo
period 1912 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 93837
[3]Moss Tankers Ltd. (Moss H. E. & Co.), Liverpool
SS Tampica
period 1912 ~ 1912
IMO/Off. no.: 93837
[4]Leyland Frederick & Co. Ltd., Liverpool
SS Tampica
period 1899 ~ 1912
IMO/Off. no.: 93837
[5]West India and Pacific S.S. Co Ltd., Liverpool
SS Tampica
period 1895 ~ 1899
IMO/Off. no.: 93837
[6]White Star Line, Oceanic Steam Nav. Co., Ismay, Liverpool
SS Runic
period 1889 ~ 1895
captain Berggreen
no. of crew 97
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/01/2011
last update Avec43
last update 20/02/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan01/01/2011
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remarksAlternative position 'FALKLANDS, Cape Carysfort'.
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Lettens Jan01/01/2011Guvernoren SS was built as the White Star cargo liner/livestock carrier Runic (I), later renamed Tampican. Sold and renamed Imo in 1912 as supply ship for whaling operation. Under charter to carry Belgian Relief supplies in 1917.

Outbound from Halifax in ballast (empty) to load relief supplies in New York. Collided with munitions ship Mont-Blanc. Heavily damaged by blast and driven ashore in Dartmouth. Six men were killed of the crew of 39 aboard. Rebuilt and renamed Guvernøren to serve as whale oil tanker. On November 30, 1921 abandoned off Falkland Islands after running onto the rocks.
Chipchase Nick20/02/2013Ex Runic, Ex Tampican, Ex Imo. Wrecked at Cow Bay, Falkland Islands.
Allen Tony04/08/2010Guvernoren SS was a Norwegian passsenger/cargo vessel of 4,833grt that was wrecked at Cape Carysfort, Cow Bay, East Falkland on the 3rd December 1921.
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Lettens Jan01/01/2011HALIFAX EXPLOSION

At 7.30 a.m. on december 6, the French ship Mont Blanc left her anchorage outside the mouth of the harbour to join a convoy gathering in bedford basin.

At the same time the norwegian vessel Imo, in ballast, set off from the basin bound for new york to pick up a cargo of relief supplies for Belgium. At the entrance to the narrows, after a series of ill-judged manoeuvres, Imo struck Mont Blanc on the bow.

Although the collision was not severe, fire immediately broke out on board Mont Blanc. The captain, pilot and crew, expecting the ship to blow up immediately, launched the lifeboats and took refuge on the dartmouth shore. The ship burned for twenty minutes, drifting until it rested against pier 6, in the Richmond district, the busy, industrial north end of Halifax. ...

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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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Lettens Jan01/01/2011HALIFAX EXPLOSION

At 7.30 a.m. on december 6, the French ship Mont Blanc left her anchorage outside the mouth of the harbour to join a convoy gathering in bedford basin.

At the same time the norwegian vessel Imo, in ballast, set off from the basin bound for new york to pick up a cargo of relief supplies for Belgium. At the entrance to the narrows, after a series of ill-judged manoeuvres, Imo struck Mont Blanc on the bow.

Although the collision was not severe, fire immediately broke out on board Mont Blanc. The captain, pilot and crew, expecting the ship to blow up immediately, launched the lifeboats and took refuge on the dartmouth shore. The ship burned for twenty minutes, drifting until it rested against pier 6, in the Richmond district, the busy, industrial north end of Halifax.

The spectacle was thrilling, and drew crowds of spectators, unaware of the danger. At 9.05 a.m., Mont Blanc exploded. not one piece of her remained beside the dock where she had finished her voyage. Fragments rained on the surrounding area, crashing through buildings with enough force to embed them where they landed.

Churches, houses, schools, factories, docks and ships were destroyed in the swath of the blast. Children who had stopped on their way to school, workmen lining the windows, families in their homes, sailors in their ships, died instantly.

Injuries were frightful, blindness from the splintering glass adding to the shock and bewilderment. almost 2000 people were killed by the explosion.

One of Mont Blanc´s crew died from injuries but the rest survived to be detained during the investigation which eventually found both vessels equally to blame. Cargo accounted for $4,000,000 of loss.

Other ships damaged/sunk/lost in the Halifax explosion: tug SS Sambro (later MV Erg), S/S Imo (later SS Guvernoren)
 
 
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