british MV Capable [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coastal cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1919
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 216 
dimensions
material steel
engine diesel engine, 1 screw
power 123  h.p.
speed  
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 05/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 656
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builder
Zwolsman Workum
last owner
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 14 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/07/2002
last update Racey Carl
last update 05/06/2012
 
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Lettens Jan12/10/2010
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Well broken up, only plates left.

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Lettens Jan05/06/2012Capable was another small vessel that came to grief in Spithead in WWII. The Capable, a mere 216 ton coaster which was a very familiar sight around the coasts during the 1920/30s. Early in June 1940 it left Alderney with a cargo of stone for Portsmouth; but on the 5th when almost in sight of the harbour it struck a mine and foundered with the loss of its five-man crew and two Territorial gunners.

This seemed a particularly sad end for such a doughty little vessel, especially as ten years earlier it had grounded on Atherfield Ledge off the Isle of Wight. Although not many vessels managed to escape from this dangerous spot, the Capable was finally refloated and repaired, despite being badly damaged. It continued steadily to ply its trade until that fateful day off Bembridge.
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