norwegian Olsen Jacob R. SS Gro [+1940]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
is nickname no
weight (tons) 5155  grt
dimensions 107.3 x 15.5 x 7.9 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 365  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 516
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 07/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 651
about people
Thompson Joseph L. & Sons, Sunderland
last owner
[1]Olsen Jacob R., Bergen
SS Gro [+1940]
period 1919 ~ 1940
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[2]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS Tenterden
period 1919 ~ 1919
captain Paul Brun
no. of crew 31
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1100 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 29/08/2006
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last update 05/04/2011
[1] Lettens Jan13/12/2008
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Allen Tony07/09/2009

Gro SS was a Norwegian cargo steamer built in 1917 by J. L. Thompson, England as the the British cargo steamer TENTERDEN SS for Furness Withy. In 1919 she was renamed GRO SS and owned by the OLSEN and I HYSING OLSEN, O GROLLE. O GROLLE & I HYSING OLDENS REDERI-A/S. 

On the 7th September 1940 when on route from MONTREAL for MANCHESTER carrying 6321 tons of wheat she was torpedoed by German submarine U-47 and sunk. 11 crew missing from a total crew of 32.

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Allen Tony22/11/201121 survivors escape in 1 lifeboat and are picked up by British steamer Burdwan on September 10th, then transferred to corvette HMS Arabis and landed at Liverpool on 13th September 1940.
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 Thompson Joseph L. & Sons, Sunderland
Joseph L. Thompson and Sons of Sunderland was established in 1846 by Robert Thompson. They became the largest and most famous of all the shipbuilding yards. Based in North Sands and located in an arc around to the North dock. Thompson set up the company at North Sands with his three sons and manufactured their first small sailing ship. In 1854 Thompson's son of the same name left the company to set up his own yard: Robert Thompson and Sons. The yard changed its name to Joseph L. Thompson in February 1871. Joseph L. Thompson retired in 1875 and his three sons Robert, Joseph Lowes and Charles carried on the business. In 1954 the yard became a subsidiary of Sunderland Shipbuilding, Dry Dock and Engineering Co. This was made up of the Thompson, Laing and Crown yards and the repairer T. W. Greenwell and Co. In 1961 the company changed its name to Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. ---- J. L. Thompson’s yard was finally closed in 1979, although the fitting out quay was used by Doxford’s and Laing’s. The last ever launch took place at the North Sands yard on 24th May 1979.

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