british Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing SS Glen Farg [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1937
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weight (tons) 876  grt
dimensions 60.3 x 9.4 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
yard no. 143
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cause lost torpedo
other reasons gunfire - shelled
date lost 04/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 671
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Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing, Leith
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Glen Farg was a British cargo steamer built in 1937 and of 876 tons. She was on route from TRONDHEIM for METHIL and GRANGEMOUTH carrying a cargo of general pulp, carbide, pater and ferro chrome when she torpedoed and sunk by gunfire from U-23 on the 4th October 1939. 1 crew lost.
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Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing, Leith

The South Georgia Co. Ltd. was formed in 1916 where as the parent company dates from 1846 when the Norwegian brothers Christian and Theodore Salvesen set up business in Edinburgh. Involved in whaling and shipping. Stopped with shipping in 1990.
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 Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
The shipbuilding firm of John Lewis & Sons Ltd. specialised in cargo and fishing vessels.

John Lewis & Sons Ltd was established in 1907 by Andrew Lewis. His father John had been a wooden boatbuilder in Cove. He then built up a marine engine production and repair business in Aberdeen.

The firm did not build any ships until 1917, when the First World War created a demand for new shipping. Lewis constructed coasters and drifters but later concentrated on cargo vessels.

During the Second World War, Lewis built more than thirty vessels, including minesweeper trawlers and patrol vessels. The company continued to specialise in steam and diesel trawlers after the war. However, they also built the sail training vessel Malcolm Miller in 1968.

The trawler Fairtry was completed in 1954. This vessel was equipped for filleting and freezing its catch at sea. Fish meal and oil could also be produced. The blocks of filleted fish produced aboard Fairtry were used by Birdseye and Ross to make fish fingers.

In 1972, John Lewis & Sons Ltd. was taken over by the Wood Group. The Group had a number of fishing industry interests, including vessel ownership and fish processing. However, by this date, it was expanding into services for the oil industry.

In 1976 a new 1600 ton slipway was constructed by the Wood Group, suitable for the repair of offshore supply vessels. The yard then began to concentrate on such repair work, although it continued to build occasional vessels until the 1980s.

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