british Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co. MV Dagomba (+1942)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1928
weight (tons) 3845  grt
dimensions 109.7 x 15.5 x 6.1 m
engine 1 x 6 cyl. B & W 4 SCSA Diesel engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 489  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 738
IMO/Off. no. 149669
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/11/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 657
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Mcmillan A. & Son Ltd. - Archibald Mcmillan, Dumbarton
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool
captain J. T. Marshall
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last update 03/11/2013
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Vleggeert Nico13/08/2009According to, the British motorvessel Dagomba was torpedoed and sunk by Italiian submarine Ammiraglio Cagni.
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Allen Tony08/08/2009Dagomba MV was a British motor vessel of 3,845 grt built in 1929 by A. McMillan & Son for the Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. Her captain was, Capt. J. T. Marshall.

On the 3rd November 1942 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine , about 500 miles S.W. of Freetown. Of her complement of 56 crew, six gunners and one passenger, 23 were picked up by a French warship and interned, 21 including the captain were landed at Luanda by a Portuguese ship.
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About Owners
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool

Elder Dempster was a private partnership controlled by Sir Alfred Jones . He died in 1909 and his various holdings were sold to Sir Owen Cosby Philipps and Lord Pirrie who formed Elder, Dempster & Co. Ltd.

The group collapsed in 1931 and was reformed as Elder Dempster Holdings Ltd with the Elder Dempster fleet managed by Holts. 1953 Elder Dempster Lines Holdings changed its name to Liner Holdings and in 1965 ownership was taken over by Ocean Steamship Co. Ltd. The fleets owned by this company, now known as Ocean Transport & Trading Co. Ltd were increasingly integrated after 1974.

The Elder Dempster Line was sold to the French Company Société Navale Chargeurs Delmas-Vieljeux in 1989 but without the ships at which point Ocean Transport & Trading withdrew from deep-sea shipowning.

Lloyd's reference: 1193

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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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