french Soc. Maritime Nationale SS Cabourg [+1939]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI D-class standard cargo ship (br.)
WWI D-class standard cargo ship (br.) Albano SS [+1941]
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 2423  grt
dimensions 87.1 x 12.8 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw. Built by Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., West Hartlepool, England.
power 410  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 296
IMO/Off. no. 142591
about the loss
cause lost missing
date lost 22/01/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.27rank: 623
about people
Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Soc. Maritime Nationale, Le Havre
SS Cabourg [+1939]
period 1925 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 142591
prev. owners
[2]Soc. de Cabotage Internationale, Antwerpen
SS Sierra Madre
period 1922 ~ 1925
[3]Soc. Transoceanique de Transports, Antwerpen
SS Sierra Madre
period 1919 ~ 1922
[4]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Fife
period 1918 ~ 1919
captain Jamet Jean-Baptiste
no. of crew 27
about the wreck
depth (m.) 75 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 24/04/2009
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Allen Tony24/04/2009Cabourg SS was a French cargo steamer of 2,362 tons built in 1918 by S. P. Austin, Wear Dock, England as the WAR FIFE SS. In 1919 she was renamed SIERRA MADRE SS and in 1925 CABOURG SS for French owners.

Cabourg left Ghent on January 20th, 1939, for Nantes with coal. Nothing was heard of the ship after she reported passing Ushant (Ouessant) on the 22nd. The bodies of two of the crew were later washed ashore.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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About Owners
Soc. Maritime Nationale, Le Havre

Entreprise créée en 1916 pour gérer la flotte de l'Etat.
About Builders
 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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