british Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line SS Bosnia [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
weight (tons) 2402  grt
dimensions 89.1 x 13.7 x 6.19 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 403  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 05/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Thompson Joseph L. & Sons, Sunderland
Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool
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depth (m.) 4600 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 21/03/2009
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Vleggeert Nico21/03/2009The Cunard steamer Bosnia was stopped by gunfire and torpedoed and sunk by U-47, 120 miles NNW of Cape Ortegal. She was on a voyage from Licata, Sicily to Manchester. One crewmember was killed.
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About Owners
Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool

Abraham Cunard, an American loyalist of German extraction, moved north to Canada after the War of Independence. His son Samuel became one of the leading businessmen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was awarded the Admiralty contract to carry mail by steam ship across the North Atlantic and to carry out the agreement founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. . The mail service was inaugurated by 'Britannia' in 1840. In the 1850s the company extended its services to take on a Liverpool-Mediterranean route. In the early 1870s Cunard's supremacy in the North Atlantic was challenged by the White Star Line ; this revitalized the company's performance and it embarked on a programme of new building.

The North Atlantic Companies were hard hit by the 1930s recession and in 1934 Cunard took over White Star to form the Cunard White Star Line . Competition from air travel led to passenger retrenchment from the 1960s. The 'Queen Mary' and 'Queen Elizabeth' were sold but the company launched a new liner, the 'Queen Elizabeth 2' in 1969. In the 1970s the company diversified into cargo carrying. It is at present part of the American Carnival Corporation, with a fleet of three ships, cruising worldwide, including on its traditional transatlantic route.

Lloyd's reference: 1751

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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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