norwegian SS Altair [+1940]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1923
live live
weight (tons) 1522  grt
dimensions 74.6 x 11.6 x -- m
engine 3 Cyl. Triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
yard no. 41
IMO/Off. no. 147492
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
engine by
Ross & Duncan, Govan
last owner
[1]Østervold A/S D/S, Bergen
SS Altair [+1940]
period 1935 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 147492
prev. owners
[2]Harrison H. (Shipping) Ltd., Liverpool & London
SS Atherton
period 1923 ~ 1935
IMO/Off. no.: 147492
about the wreck
depth (m.) 220 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 27/08/2006
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last update 05/02/2014
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Allen Tony25/04/2010Altair SS was a Norwegian Cargo steamer of 1522 tons and built in 1923. On the 18th June 1940 when on route from DIGBY N.S (Canada) for KINGS LYNN, England she was torpedoed without warning by German submarine U-32 and sunk. All the crew were saved.
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About Builders
 Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
The Furness Shipbuilding Co. was part of the Furness, Withy and Co. shipbuilding empire based in Hartlepool in England. It had been built as an emergency shipyard to cope with the repair requirements of World War I. The yard was a massive 90 acres in size and had eight berths and two high tower cranes. -- To start a number of ships were ordered by and manufactured for the British Government along with orders from foreign companies. In mid 1919 the Furness family resigned from the Board of Furness, Withy and Co and a management buyout happened. This meant that during the first half of the 1920s there was a constant supply of orders for Furness, Withy & Co and its subsidiaries.

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