swedish SS Vinga (+1939)
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general
nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1923
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weight (tons) 1974  grt
dimensions 82 x 12.3 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 06/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/08/2006
last update Laquist Björn
last update 19/03/2009
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Vinga was a Swedish Cargo steamer of 1974 tons built in 1923. On the 6th December 1939 when on route from the TYNE for GOTHENBURG carring a cargo of coal she was torpedoed by U-31 and sunk.

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About Builders
 Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
The site of the Blyth yard has a long and illustrious history. It has been occupied by a number of different companies, and has produced a wide range of vessels; from small wooden sailing ships to cargo-liners to large tankers. In 1811 shipbuilding began on this site on the south bank of the river Blyth. This area is known today as Wimborne Quay. In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government. In 1883 the yard was turned into a limited liability company Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd. The fifth ship built by the yard was for Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle. Daniel Stephens was the senior partner and he eventually became Director and then Chairman of the Blyth Shipbuilding yard. Between 1920-25 the yard built seven colliers, four 'corrugated' tramps which were notable because they had two or three horizontal bulges running along the hull. These gave a better flow of water to the propeller, making the ship faster. In 1924/5 the yard built a number of 'Arch-decker' colliers, designed by Ayre and Ballard. This design was different because the upper deck was arched from stern to stern. The longitudinal arch gave extra strength so that long, unobstructed holds as stringers and hold pillars were unnecessary. The yard manufactured seven of these types of vessel. In1925 Daniel Stephens died aged 80. The yard closed in May due to the collapse of the freight market. A receiver was appointed. In 1926 Robert Stanley Dalgleish, a Newcastle shipowner purchased the yard in November. The yard's name was changed to Cowpen Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. the yard was amalgamated with Ritson's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.

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