norwegian Wilhelmsen, Wilh. (Norske Afrika Og Australia Linje, Norge-Mexico Gulf Linjen) SS Simla [+1940]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
is nickname no
weight (tons) 6031  grt
dimensions 123.4 x 16.2 x 10.1 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine
power 559  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
yard no. 656
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 22/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 661
about people
Laing James & Sons Ltd. (Sir James Laing & Sons), Sunderland
engine by
Dickinson, John & Sons, Sunderland
last owner
[1]Wilhelmsen, Wilh. (Norske Afrika Og Australia Linje, Norge-Mexico Gulf Linjen), Tønsberg
SS Simla [+1940]
period 1934 ~ 1940
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[2]Wilhelmsen, Wilh. (Norske Afrika Og Australia Linje, Norge-Mexico Gulf Linjen), Tønsberg
SS Simla
period 1920 ~ 1934
[3]Wilhelmsen, Wilh. (Norske Afrika Og Australia Linje, Norge-Mexico Gulf Linjen), Tønsberg
SS Simla
period 1917 ~ 1920
[4]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS Glastonbury
period 1917 ~ 1917
captain Krogh, Hans Von
no. of crew 31
about the wreck
depth (m.) 850 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 12/10/2007
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last update 20/08/2012
[1] Lettens Jan17/02/2009
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Allen Tony29/02/2008Simla SS was a Norwegian Cargo Steamer built in 1917 and of 6,031 tons. On the 22nd September 1940 when on route from PHILADELPHIA for TEES in Convoy HX-72 carrying a cargo of 4,120 tons scrap iron, 3,970 tons steel she was torpedoed by German submarine U-100 and sunk. 5 crew lost, 26 survivors.
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About Builders
 Laing James & Sons Ltd. (Sir James Laing & Sons), Sunderland
Philip Laing started his own yard in 1818 at Deptford. In 1844 James Laing took control of the Deptford yard. In 1849 Philip Laing, James Laing's son, joined the family firm. In 1853 James Laing was the first Wear shipbuilder to build an iron steam ship. James Laing Junior joined the family firm. By 1865 the Laing family were shipowners as well as builders. In 1871 Hugh Laing, son of James Laing Snr, joined the family business and became a Director of the yard. In 1898 the company was renamed Sir James Laing and Sons. During WWI the yard had five building berths and a graving dock arranged around the the inner side of the bend of the river at Deptford. It had the highest tonnage of any Wear yard between 1914-18 with 18 ships of 109,924 tons as well as six small naval craft. In WWII World the Deptford yard produced 41 ships, 32 of which were tankers between 1939 and 1946. Private orders were also manufactured along with eight tramps. There were five building berths operating at the end of the war. The Laing yard became the Deptford yard of the Doxford and Sunderland Group in 1966.

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