british Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines) SS Navasota [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
weight (tons) 8795  grt
dimensions 137.3 x 18.6 x 10.9 m
material steel
engine quadruple expansion engines, 2 screws
power 1094  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 980
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 05/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.37rank: 609
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London
captain Charles Joseph Goble
no. of crew 81
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depth (m.) 130 max. / -- min. (m)
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Navasota was a British cargo steamer of 8,795 tons and built in 1917 and owned by ROYAL MAIL LINES LTD. On the 5 th Decmber 1939 when on route from LIVERPOOL for BUENOS AIRES in ballast she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk. 37 crew lost.
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About Owners
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London

Founded as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1839. Services between the UK and the Caribbean and Central America and North America.

Purchased the White Star Line in 1927.

In 1932, changed name to Royal Mail Line and re-organisation after scandal and losses.

In 1965 RML was purchased by Furness, Withy & Co.

Lloyd's reference: 1188.

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 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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