british Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co. SS Burutu (I) (+1918)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1902
weight (tons) 3863  grt
dimensions 109.7 x 13.5 x 4.36 m
material steel
engine 1 x triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 525  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 394
IMO/Off. no. 115280
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date lost 03/10/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.148rank: 481
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Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool
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remarksCalculated as '25 mile S W [225°] from UK, Bardsey Island'.
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Allen Tony29/12/2010Burutu SS was a British Merchant steamer of 3,863grt built in 1902 and owned by the Elder-Dempster Line. In 1918 she was sunk in collision with City of Calcutta SS when off the coast of South Wales about 25 miles SW of Bardsey Island. Loss of 148 lives. On route from Freetown for Liverpool with passengers and a general cargo.
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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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 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

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