french Cie. des Bateaux à Vapeur du Nord SS Champenois (+1941)
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1921
weight (tons) 3482  grt
dimensions 110.7 x 15.9 x -- m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine
speed 12  knots
yard no. 24
IMO/Off. no. 145936
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 19/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Furness Withy & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
last owner
[1]Cie. des Bateaux à Vapeur du Nord, Dunkerque (Dunkirk)
SS Champenois (+1941)
period 1938 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 145936
prev. owners
[2]Prince Line Ltd. - James Knott, London
SS Lancastrian Prince
period 1922 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 145936
[3]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS Tunisiana
period 1920 ~ 1922
IMO/Off. no.: 145936
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Allen Tony08/12/2010Champenois SS ran aground and was wrecked in position 33.29N/07.57W on the 19th April 1941 North of Casablanca when on route from Marseille for Algiers with a cargo of barley.
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 Furness Withy & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
In 1884 Edward Withy and Co was sold to Christopher Furness. Furness was a local shipowner, with a string of businesses related to shipping. In 1891 the company amalgamated the businesses of Mr. Christopher Furness, steamship owner, with that of Messrs. Edward Withy and Co, iron and steel steamship builders and repairers. In 1897 the Victoria, the largest vessel ever built by the yard, was launched by Lady Furness in August. It was the first of many transatlantic liners built by them. -- In 1909 Furness amalgamated the Middleton yard with his Irvine Harbour yard. The trading name was Irvine's Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Ltd. During the first world war the yard made 2 tankers, a tramp and two cargo liners. In addition a number of standard "B" type trams and a "Z" type tanker were also made along with some other smaller vessels. -- In 1917 the Middleton and Harbour yard were sold to a syndicate acting through the Commercial bank of London. -- 1921 was the last year that the company showed a profit due to the freight slump of the preceding year. The yards remained closed until 1930 when it was decided to liquidate the yards

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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Richardsons, Westgarth Co of Low Street, Sunderland were marine engineers in Hartlepool 1900 – 1982 --- Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesbrough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland
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