british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) HMS Amsterdam II [+1944]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1930
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 4220  grt
dimensions 106.68 x 15.24 x 7.9 m
engine 2 steam turbines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power  
speed 21  knots
yard no. 529
IMO/Off. no. 161037
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 07/08/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.95rank: 533
about people
builder
John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
HMS Amsterdam II [+1944]
period 1941 ~ 1944
IMO/Off. no.: 161037
prev. owners
[2]London & North Eastern Railway Co., London
SS Amsterdam
period 1930 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 161037
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 20 max. / 14.9 min. (m)
orientation 90°
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 08/11/2005
last update Allen Tony
last update 30/01/2014
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Amsterdam II HMS hit a mine off Juno Beach, Normandy. [] Amsterdam was built in 1930 for the Hull & Netherlands Steamship Company for the Harwich-Hook of Holland Route. In 1941 she was sold to Ministry of War Transport. In 1944 mined and sunk off Normandy.
Allen Tony31/08/2007Converted for troop carrying at the outbreak of WW2. Later converted in the Clyde to a hospital ship. Sunk by a mine while taking casulaties from Juno Beach on 07/08/1944. 55 patients, 10 RAMC staff, 30 crew and 11 POW lost.

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About Builders
 John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
One of the largest naval shipbuilders in the UK, John Brown produced both battleships and cruisers in quantity for the Royal Navy and approved foreign clients (Chile, Japan). Brown's was also noted for ocean liners of the largest size and speed, including the LUSITANIA, AQUITANIA, QUEEN MARY, and both QUEEN ELIZABETHs for the Cunard Line. The company had its own steelworks in Sheffield and shipyard in Clydebank, a city actually named for its shipyard, near Dalmuir on the Clyde. At peak workforce before WWI the works directly employed over 10,000 men. In the midst of this prewar arms race and prosperity in 1907, the company issued a commemorative volume on the completion of the LUSITANIA. Not content to tout the ship herself, the company produced an impressive brag piece for the yard -- our source for many of the photos here reproduced. Notable warships built at the yard included the Japanese battleship ASAHI, the British battleships HINDUSTAN, AFRICA, and VALIANT (QE class), and the battlecruisers TIGER, REPULSE, INDEFATIGABLE, and HOOD. In 1971 Browns was sold to Marathon Oil. The shipyard remained in service to the North Sea oil industry before being closed by a successor company; the site was demolished in 2002. It is now the site of Clydebank Community College; a few of the original buildings and the giant Titan crane remain in the midst of a bulldozed wasteland. The engineering arm of John Brown continues (after several bouts of acquisition) as John Brown Engineering Gas Turbines Ltd, E. Kilbride, UK.

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