french Bouet, Fernand SS Marguerite [+1917]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1912
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weight (tons) 1544  grt
dimensions 79 x 11 x 4.9 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine. Two boilers.
power 189  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 161
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 28/06/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Osbourne, Graham & Co. Ltd., North Hylton (Sunderland)
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Osbourne, Graham & Co. Ltd., North Hylton (Sunderland)
Bouet, Fernand, Caen
about the wreck
depth (m.) 24 max. / 23 min. (m)
orientation 175°
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entered 18/08/2006
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last update 05/05/2012
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Tolhuisen Michael08/09/2005

The ship is also known locally as '' Benny's Wreck'', and is now a twisted pile of metal. Local boats regularly fish the area and there is lots of fish life. The highest point is 7.5m off the sea bed. The visibility is usually bad. Two boilers visible.

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Chipchase Nick05/03/2011

This wreck has long been known to divers and fishermen. There seems to be no conclusive proof it is SS Marguerite. The wreck is smashed and broken and lies in soft silt. The engine lies on its side. There are two boilers one of which is on its end. There are lots of flat plates and broken frames standing only a metre and a half off the seabed. A section of mast lies close by.
Loss positions for SS Marguerite vary. Shipwreck Index gives 19 miles South West Portland Bill though Lloyds gives Lyme Bay seven miles which seems appropriate for this wreck.
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Lettens Jan05/05/2012SS Marguerite, built by Osbourne, Graham & Co., Sunderland in 1912 and owned at the time of her loss by Fernand Bouet, Caën, was a French steamer of 1.544 tons.

On June 28th, 1917, Marguerite, on a voyage from Rouen to Swansea in ballast, was sunk by the German submarine UB-40 (Hans Howaldt), 19 miles southwest of Portland Bill.
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