british Furness-Houlder Argentine Lines SS Duquesa (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 8651  grt
dimensions 130.8 x 18.7 x -- m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 Cyl. Triple expansion engines, twin screw by Richardsons Westgarth, Hartlepool, England.
speed 14.5  knots
yard no. 555
IMO/Off. no. 140578
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 18/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Irvine's Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Furness-Houlder Argentine Lines, Liverpool
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Allen Tony12/04/2010Duquesa SS was built in 1918 for the Furness-Houlder Argentine Line Ltd, Liverpool. In 1940 she was captured in South Atlantic by the German battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER, and in 1941 scuttled when on route from La Plata via Freetoen form the UK. She was used as a supply ship and then scuttled on the 18th February 1941 in the South Atlantic.
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Lettens Jan13/07/2011SMS PINGUIN VICTIMS

The German raider Pinguin managed to sink/take as prize the following allied ships:

Sunk by mines

Millimumul, Nimbin, Cambridge and City of Rayville (the latter 2 sunk by mines laid by Passat, the captured Norwegian Storstad).

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About Owners
Furness-Houlder Argentine Lines, Liverpool

Furness-Houlder Argentine Lines Ltd. was a joint venture in 1914/1915 between Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd. and Furness Withy & Co.

The group contained several major companies such as Shaw Savill, Royal Mail, Pacific Steam Navigation, Houlder Brothers, Prince Line and Manchester Liners. These kept their own flags.
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 Irvine's Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
IRVINE, CURRIE & Co. (1864-1866)
R. IRVINE & Co. (1866-1880)
IRVINE & Co. (1881-1898)

Mainly repair work was carried out at this Hartlepool yard until 1870. In the early 1880s the yard started building colliers and small tramps. In 1896 Christopher Furness of Furness, Withy and Co. gained control of the yard and it was renamed Irvine's Shipbuilding and Dry Docks. During WWI the yard had a number of orders for various Furness companies. It then made three "Flower" class sloops and six motorised barges along with eight standard "C" type tramps. In 1924 the yard closed due to scarcity of orders.

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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Richardsons, Westgarth Co of Low Street, Sunderland were marine engineers in Hartlepool 1900 – 1982 --- Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesbrough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland
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