british SS La Brea [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1916
live live
weight (tons) 6945  grt
dimensions 132.6 x 17.1 x -- m
engine 1 steam turbine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 11  knots
yard no. 122
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 24/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 668
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Union Iron Works, San Francisco
last owner
[1]British Government, London
SS La Brea [+1940]
period 1940 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Union Oil Co., Los Angeles
SS La Brea
period 1916 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 213909
no. of crew 33
about the wreck
depth (m.) 630 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 01/09/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 28/10/2014
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Allen Tony29/02/2008La Brea SS was a British steam tanker of 6,666 tons and built in 1916. She was formerly called AM up to 1940. On the 24th August 1940 when on route from ARUBA for DUNDEE in Convoy HX-65 as a straggler and carrying a cargo of 9,410 tons fuel oil she was torpedoed by German submarine U-48 and sunk west north west of Rockall. 2 crew lost from a total crew of 33.
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Allen Tony23/11/2011At 2.14 PM, German submarine U-48 sinks British tanker La Brea (9410 tons of fuel oil) 130 miles West of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland (2 killed). 31 crew escape in lifeboats to the Outer Hebrides.
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 Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Bethlehem San Francisco was founded as Union Brass & Iron Works in 1849, by Peter Donahue, one of San Francisco's three Donahue brothers, who were known as the "iron men". It was sold to Bethlehem Steel in 1906 but continued to use the Union Iron Works name until 1917, after Bethlehem acquired Quincy, Sparrows Point and a number of smaller yards, and standardized the yard names and the hull numbering system. The San Francisco shipyard was expanded in 1911 by the acquisition of the adjoining Risdon Iron Works, which had built locomotives, and this facility was used in WWI for destroyer construction. The yard remained in continuous operation throughout the inter-war years and was the only major shipbuilder on the West Coast prior to WWII. Bethlehem Steel sold the yard to the City in 1982, for a dollar. It was then leased to Southwest Marine under the name San Francisco Drydock and continues today as a division of BAE Systems. See it from the air on Google here.

The Alameda shipyard, formerly United Engineering Works, was added in 1916, at the onset of WWI, to build standard cargo ships for the U.S. Shipping Board. After WWI, the yard was converted to ship repair, although it built 10 troopships and 21 tugs in WWII. The Alameda yard closed in 1956.

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