british South American Saint Line Ltd. (B & S Shipping) Saint Elwyn [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1938
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weight (tons) 4940  grt
dimensions 131.6 x 17.7 x 7.3 m
material steel
engine Compound steam engine with LP turbine.
power 320  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 589
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 28/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.29rank: 619
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Thompson Joseph L. & Sons, Sunderland
engine by
White´s Marine, Hepburn
South American Saint Line Ltd. (B & S Shipping), Cardiff
captain Daniells Edward Thomas Alexander
no. of crew 40
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1200 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 19/11/2005
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Allen Tony26/06/2007On the 28th November 1940, St Elwyn was torpedoed & sunk by submarine U-103, East of Bishops Rock. 29 crew lost.
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About Owners
South American Saint Line Ltd. (B & S Shipping), Cardiff

In 1926 the Barry Shipping Co. was formed.

In 1933 Barry Shipping Co. Ltd. and the St.Quentin Shippping Co. Ltd. merged to B. & S. Shipping.

In 1936, the name was changed to South American Saint Line to operate passenger/cargo ships.

In 1940 the Shakespear Shipping Co. was taken over.

In 1961 South American Saint Line was sold to the Houlder Line.

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About Builders
 Thompson Joseph L. & Sons, Sunderland
Joseph L. Thompson and Sons of Sunderland was established in 1846 by Robert Thompson. They became the largest and most famous of all the shipbuilding yards. Based in North Sands and located in an arc around to the North dock. Thompson set up the company at North Sands with his three sons and manufactured their first small sailing ship. In 1854 Thompson's son of the same name left the company to set up his own yard: Robert Thompson and Sons. The yard changed its name to Joseph L. Thompson in February 1871. Joseph L. Thompson retired in 1875 and his three sons Robert, Joseph Lowes and Charles carried on the business. In 1954 the yard became a subsidiary of Sunderland Shipbuilding, Dry Dock and Engineering Co. This was made up of the Thompson, Laing and Crown yards and the repairer T. W. Greenwell and Co. In 1961 the company changed its name to Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. ---- J. L. Thompson’s yard was finally closed in 1979, although the fitting out quay was used by Doxford’s and Laing’s. The last ever launch took place at the North Sands yard on 24th May 1979.

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