british Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co. MV San Delfino (+1942)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1938
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weight (tons) 8072  grt
dimensions 146 x 18.59 x 10.06 m
material steel
engine 4 SCSA 8cyl Oil engine by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co., Newcastle, England.
armament armed merchantship
power 502  n.h.p.
speed 13.25  knots
yard no. 283
IMO/Off. no. 166580
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 09/04/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.28rank: 621
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Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
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Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co., London
captain Gumbleton Albert Edward
complement 6
no. of crew 44
about the wreck
depth (m.) 57.3 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Claes Johnny
entered 25/10/2007
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 29/10/2012
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Allen Tony08/02/2008The San Delfino MV was an British Twin Screw Diesel Tanker of 8,072 gross tons. She was torpedoed on the 9th April 1942 by the German submarine U-203 and sunk when on route from HOUSTON for HALIFAX and UK carrying a cargo of 11,000 tons of aviation spirit. 28 crew lost from a total crew of 49. The wreck has yet to be identified positively.
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About Owners
Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co., London

Eagle Oil and Shipping Co. was merged into Shell International Petroleum Company in 1959. In 1960 the Eagle funnel colours were replaced by those of Shell Tankers Ltd.
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 Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
The Furness Shipbuilding Co. was part of the Furness, Withy and Co. shipbuilding empire based in Hartlepool in England. It had been built as an emergency shipyard to cope with the repair requirements of World War I. The yard was a massive 90 acres in size and had eight berths and two high tower cranes. -- To start a number of ships were ordered by and manufactured for the British Government along with orders from foreign companies. In mid 1919 the Furness family resigned from the Board of Furness, Withy and Co and a management buyout happened. This meant that during the first half of the 1920s there was a constant supply of orders for Furness, Withy & Co and its subsidiaries.

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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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