british Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. (Capper, Alexander & Co.) SS Ledbury [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1912
weight (tons) 3528  disp (surf)
dimensions 111.5 x 15.4 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
speed 10  knots
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 24/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Neptun Werft A. G., Rostock
Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. (Capper, Alexander & Co.), Cardiff
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depth (m.) 950 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 10/10/2007
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last update 25/08/2011
Lettens Jan25/08/2011
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Allen Tony10/10/2007Ledbury SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1912 and of 3,528 tons. She was owned by Alexander Shipping Co Ltd.

On the 24th October 1939 she was on route from TOULON for BURNTISLAND with a cargo of 5800 tons of bauxite when she was attacked by U-37 with gunfire and sunk.

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Lettens Jan24/10/2009On 24th October, 1939, U-37 (Kapitän zur See Werner Hartmann) sank 3 British cargo ships South-West of Gibraltar: S/S Ledbury (3.528 grt), S/S Menin Ridge (2.474 grt) and S/S Tafna (4.413 grt.).

U.S. freighter Crown City rescues the only five survivors from the 27- man crew of Menin Ridge and Ledbury's entire 33-man crew.
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About Owners
Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. (Capper, Alexander & Co.), Cardiff

E.H. Capper & Co. of Cardiff who originated in 1875, became later Capper, Alexander & Co. Offices in West Hartlepool. In 1914 they formed the Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd.

They lost all their ships in WWII and were taken over by Houlder Line Ltd. after the war.
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 Neptun Werft A. G., Rostock
founded in 1850 as "Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik von Wilhelm Zeltz und Albrecht Tischbein"
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