italian SS Famiglia (+1940)
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nationality italian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1888
weight (tons) 844  grt
dimensions 63.9 x 9.2 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine
yard no. 145
IMO/Off. no. 95244
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 28/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland
Napoli, Alfio, Catania
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FAMIGLIA SS was a Italian cargo steamer of 844grt built in 1888 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co., South Dock, England as the WYLAM SS a British cargo steamer for Atkinson Bros., Newcastle. In 1898 she was renamed ZORROZA SS and in 1903 WYLAM and in 1910 FAMIGLIA SS when purchased by A. Napoli, Italy.

On the 28th August 1940 she was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Pandora when about 10 miles NE of Al Haniyah, Libya.

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About Builders
 Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland
The yard had a number of owners until 1880 when Robert Foster set up a limited liability company with the Sunderland name. The yard made cargo-liners, steel colliers and tramps before moving into tankers in the mid 1880s. - - In the following decades a number of passenger/cargo liners were built. In 1903 the Admiral l'Hermite was launched form the yard: it was one of the largest ever made there. - - In the 1914 Directory: Listed as Iron Ship Builders of South Docks, Sunderland. A number of tramps were made up to World War I. During the war itself, eleven ships and 19 small naval craft were built of which two were gunboats. After building a cargo-liner and a few further tramps before the freight slump of the early 1920s. - - In 1923 no launches were made during 1923 and the yard stopped trading. The yard was demolished during the Depression years.

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