swedish Grängesberg-Oxelösund Trafik A/B SS Sir Ernest Cassel (+1941)
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nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1910
weight (tons) 7727  grt
dimensions 138.5 x 18.4 x 9.8 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 1 screw
power 402  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 433
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
other reasons foundered
date lost 16/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Grängesberg-Oxelösund Trafik A/B, Stockholm
SS Sir Ernest Cassel (+1941)
period 1922 ~ 1941
prev. owners
[2]Bolten August - Wm. Miller'S Nachfolger, Hamburg
SS Ernest
period 1921 ~ 1922
[3]Welin P.A., Stockholm
SS Sir Ernest Cassel
period 1910 ~ 1921
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entered 17/09/2009
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last update 29/03/2013
Allen Tony17/09/2009
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Allen Tony17/09/2009SIR ERNEST CASSEL SS was a Swedish steam ore carrier of 7,773grt built in 1910 by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn, England. In 1921 she was sold and renamed ERNEST SS for Bolten, Millers NFL. In 1922 she was again sold and renamed SIR ERNEST CASSEL SS when purchased by P. A. Welin. Sweden.

On the 16th April 1941 she was sunk by gunfire by the German raider Thor.
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Lettens Jan17/09/2009The German raider Thor was responsible for the sinking of:

  • 07 Jul 1940 British freighter Delambre (7032 grt)
  • 08 Jul 1940 Belgian cargo Bruges (4983 grt)
  • 14 Jul 1940 British cargo Gracefield (4613 grt)
  • 16 Jul 1940 British cargo Wendover (5489 grt)
  • 17 Jul 1940 Dutch cargo Tela (3777 grt)
  • 26 Sep 1940 Norwegian whaling factory Kosmos (17801 grt)
  • 08 Oct 1940 British freighter Natia (8715 grt)
  • 25 Mar 1941 British passenger liner Britannia (6800 grt)
  • 25 Mar 1941 Swedish freigther Trolleholm (5047 grt)
  • 02 Apr 1941 British passenger liner Voltaire (13301 grt)
  • 16 Apr 1941 Swedish freighter Sir Ernest Cassel (7739 grt)
  • 23 Mar 1942 Greek cargo Pagasitikos (3942 grt)
  • 30 Mar 1942 British cargo Wellpark (4649 grt)
  • 01 Apr 1942 British cargo Willesden (4563 grt)
  • 03 Apr 1942 Norwegian cargo Aust (5626 grt)
  • 10 Apr 1942 British cargo Kirkpool (4842 grt)
  • 14 Jun 1942 Dutch cargo Olivia (6307 grt)
  • 20 Jul 1942 British cargo Indus (5187 grt)

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About Builders
 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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