swedish SS Rudolf [+1939]
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nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
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dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 2119  grt
dimensions 90.8 x 12.8 x 5.4 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. Triple expansion engine, single screw.
power 274  n.h.p.
yard no. 218
IMO/Off. no. 145499
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 02/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.9rank: 654
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Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Trapp J.R., Göteborg (Gothenburg)
SS Rudolf [+1939]
period 1936 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 145499
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prev. owners
[2]Ridley J., Son & Tully - Tyneside Line, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Shildon
period 1922 ~ 1936
IMO/Off. no.: 145499
call sign: 
captain Bertill Persson
no. of crew 23
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entered 21/10/2005
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last update 29/03/2013
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Rudolf was a Swedish cargo steamer of 2119 tons and built in 1922. On the 2nd December 1939 when on route from GOTHENBURG for UK in ballast she w was torpedoed by U-56 and sunk.
Lettens Jan23/08/2007Rudolf was a Swedish cargo steamer of 2119 tons and built in 1922. On the 2nd December 1939 when on route from GOTHENBURG for UK in ballast she w was torpedoed by U-56 and sunk.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Rudolf SS, on route from West Hartlepool to Malmo with 2.760 tons of coal, was torpedoed by U-56. 9 dead.
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About Builders
 Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
The site of the Blyth yard has a long and illustrious history. It has been occupied by a number of different companies, and has produced a wide range of vessels; from small wooden sailing ships to cargo-liners to large tankers. In 1811 shipbuilding began on this site on the south bank of the river Blyth. This area is known today as Wimborne Quay. In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government. In 1883 the yard was turned into a limited liability company Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd. The fifth ship built by the yard was for Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle. Daniel Stephens was the senior partner and he eventually became Director and then Chairman of the Blyth Shipbuilding yard. Between 1920-25 the yard built seven colliers, four 'corrugated' tramps which were notable because they had two or three horizontal bulges running along the hull. These gave a better flow of water to the propeller, making the ship faster. In 1924/5 the yard built a number of 'Arch-decker' colliers, designed by Ayre and Ballard. This design was different because the upper deck was arched from stern to stern. The longitudinal arch gave extra strength so that long, unobstructed holds as stringers and hold pillars were unnecessary. The yard manufactured seven of these types of vessel. In1925 Daniel Stephens died aged 80. The yard closed in May due to the collapse of the freight market. A receiver was appointed. In 1926 Robert Stanley Dalgleish, a Newcastle shipowner purchased the yard in November. The yard's name was changed to Cowpen Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. the yard was amalgamated with Ritson's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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