british Larrinaga Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Maria De Larrinaga (+1939)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1929
status
unknown
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weight (tons) 4988  grt
dimensions 124 x 16.3 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine Inverted triple expansion engine., single shaft, 1 screw
power 475  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 384
IMO/Off. no. 161083
about the loss
cause lost hurricane
other reasons foundered
date lost 09/02/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.38rank: 607
about people
builder
Robert Duncan & Co, Glasgow
engine by
Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock
owner
Larrinaga Steamship Co. Ltd., Liverpool
captain
no. of crew 38
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entered 11/02/2009
last update Lettens Jan
last update 08/02/2014
 
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Allen Tony11/02/2009Maria de Larrinaga SS was lost on or about the 9th February, 1939, in the North Atlantic Ocean in a gale. The "Maria de Larrinaga" was a steel, single screw, transversely framed, single deck, cargo steamer of the three-island type with her propelling machinery fitted amidships. The builders´ dimensions of the vessel were-length 407 ft. B.P., extreme breadth 53 ft. 6 in. and depth moulded to the upper deck 28 ft. The tonnages of the vessel were gross 4,988.19, under deck 4,659.44 and net 3,083.91. ...

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Larrinaga Steamship Co. Ltd., Liverpool

Spanish origins as far as 1773, from 1860 based in Liverpool. They were absorbed in 1974 into the Vallian S.S. Co. of the Vergottis Group.
 
 
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Allen Tony11/02/2009Maria de Larrinaga SS was lost on or about the 9th February, 1939, in the North Atlantic Ocean in a gale. The "Maria de Larrinaga" was a steel, single screw, transversely framed, single deck, cargo steamer of the three-island type with her propelling machinery fitted amidships. The builders´ dimensions of the vessel were-length 407 ft. B.P., extreme breadth 53 ft. 6 in. and depth moulded to the upper deck 28 ft. The tonnages of the vessel were gross 4,988.19, under deck 4,659.44 and net 3,083.91.

The vessel had three holds forward of her machinery spaces, No. 3 hold being available as a reserve coal bunker. Abaft the machinery spaces was a deep tank and a single large hold with two hatches. A cellular double bottom was fitted for the full length between the peaks. The vessel had a short forecastle, a long bridge and a short poop, forming short wells forward and aft.

The ship was built under the special survey of Lloyd´s Register of Shipping and was classed ✗ 100 A1 Lloyd´s. The freeboards assigned to her under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1932, were as follows:-Summer 3ft. 9¼ in.; Tropical 3 ft. 3¼ in.; Winter 4ft. 3½ in. These freeboards were measured from the top of the steel upper deck at the side and were 3½ in. less than the freeboards originally assigned to the vessel when she was built. The fresh water allowance for all freeboards was 6¾ in. The above freeboards corresponded to the following drafts of water, Summer 24 ft. 5½ in., Winter 23 ft. 11½ in. At her load draft the vessel had a tons per inch immersion of 44.

The propelling machinery consisted of a set of steam reciprocating direct acting inverted triple expansion engines of a nominal horse power of 475 and indicated horse power 2,200. The engines and boilers were built by Messrs. Rankin and Blackmore at Greenock in 1929. The boilers were coal fired and the coal consumption was approximately 30 tons per day.

The voyage of the "Maria de Larrinaga" after leaving Houston appears to have been uneventful for some 15 days and the first indication that all was not well with the vessel was an S.O.S. in the following terms sent out at 17.10 G.M.T. on the 8th February and picked up by the steamship "Clintonia" and other vessels:- "´Maria de Larrinaga´ 42° 30´ N., 46° W. requires immediate assistance-hatch No. 1 stove in." This message was followed at 17.38 G.M.T. by afurther S.O.S. from the distressed vessel giving a new position of 42° 15´ N. and 48° 50´ W.

"Please proceed to my assistance-urgent-sinking". This message was subsequently repeated to other vessels. At 20.28 G.M.T. the "Maria de Larrinaga" wirelessed to all stations as follows:- "No. 1 hatch coaming gone others intact to present sea mountainous". Soon after this time the "Clintonia´s" log-book records that it was blowing a hurricane from the north-westward with mountainous seas. The "Maria de Larrinaga" thereafter continued to send out distress signals until 00.09 G.M.T. on the 9th February after which no further signal was heard from her.

On the afternoon of the 9th February numerous pieces of wreckage were sighted by the "Veendam" and the "Aurania" between latitude 42° 13´ and 42° 27´ N. and longitude 45° 40´ and 45° 48´ West. Upon the facts set out above, it seems reasonably certain that the "Maria de Larrinaga" foundered with all hands probably soon after the dispatch of her last wireless message.
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