british Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd. SS Kervegan (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class Marie-Louise class coal cargo ship (fr.)
Marie-Louise class coal cargo ship (fr.) Député Gaston Dumesnil ? SS [+1921]
propulsion steam
date built 1922
is nickname no
weight (tons) 2018  nrt
dimensions 86.3 x 12 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 189  n.h.p.
speed 9.5 [*]  knots
about the loss
cause lost foundered
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 09/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.26rank: 624
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Ateliers & Chantiers Dubigeon, Nantes
engine by
Ateliers & Chantiers De La Loire, Nantes
last owner
[1]Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd., Cardiff
SS Kervegan (+1941)
period 1940 ~ 1941
prev. owners
[2]Soc. Nantaise Des Chargeurs De L’Ouest (Snco), Nantes
SS Kervegan
period 1924 ~ 1940
[3]Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
SS Capitaine Winckler
period 1922 ~ 1924
captain Capt. T. R. Tippett
no. of crew 26
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[*] means that the value was inherited from Député Gaston Dumesnil ? SS [+1921], the reference for Marie-Louise class coal cargo ship (fr.).
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Lettens Jan28/09/2008S/S KERVEGAN; Requisitioned by the Ministry of Shipping (Evan T. Radcliffe & Co.) and built in 1922 by S. A. Anciens Chantiers, Dubigeon; 2,018 tons; 270.3x39.3x18.9 ft. ; 189 n.h.p.; triple expansion engine

On February 9th, 1941 a mayday from the British freighter S/S Kervegan, bound from Halifax to London with a cargo of pulpwood, was heard, reporting assistance as she was in danger of capsizing. This was the last time she was ever heard from.

Days later, wreckage was washed ashore at Cape Agulhas, Nova Scotia. 26 souls were lost, including Capt. T. R. Tippett. The crew is listed on the Merchant Seamen’s WWII memorial at Tower Hill, London.
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About Owners
Evan Thomas, Radcliffe & Co. Ltd., Cardiff

Evan Thomas, Radcliffe and Company was one of the more prosperous and best-known of Cardiff-based shipowning companies, established in 1882 by a Ceredigion sea captain, Evan Thomas, and a Merthyr Tydfil businessman, Henry Radcliffe. Prior to 1939 one of the principal activities of the company was the transportation of Welsh steam coal, this trade reaching its peak in the years immediately prior to World War I. The company was finally wound-up in the 1980s.

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