british Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway) SS Beaverford [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1928
weight (tons) 10042  grt
dimensions 158.8 x 18.9 x 9.14 m
engine 2 x steam turbines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 8000  s.h.p.
speed 15.5  knots
yard no. 617
IMO/Off. no. 149983
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 05/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.77rank: 562
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Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool
captain Pettigrew E.
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depth (m.) 2500 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 25/10/2007
last update Jan Lettens
last update 27/10/2013
[1] Jan Lettens05/12/2008
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Vleggeert Nico28/10/2008BEAVERFORD was part of the convoy which the auxiliary cruiser JERVIS BAY distinguished herself by drawing the enemy to her and away from the convoy. She was sunk not long after JERVS BAY after several hours of holding German pocket battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER at bay. All of the 77 souls on board perished
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Jan Lettens13/08/2011CONVOY HX-84

The German battlecruiser Admiral Scheer sailed on 14 October 1940 and her first target was convoy HX-84 from Halifax Nova Scotia, which had been identified by B-Dienst radio intercepts. Admiral Scheer's seaplane located the convoy on 5 November 1940 and, believing it to be unescorted, Admiral Scheer closed in.

However, as the convoy appeared over the horizon, one vessel sailed out to challenge her. The HMS Jervis Bay , commanded by Captain Edward Fegen, was an armed merchant ship and was the only defence for the convoy. Owing to insufficient Allied warship numbers at this early stage in the war, convoys received destroyer escorts only on the last three days of their journey.

HMS Jervis Bay with her eight 6 in (15 cm) guns was hopelessly outclassed, but the German ship had to deal with her before pursuing the convoy, which had already begun to scatter and make smoke. Admiral Scheer succeeded in sinking six other ships, Kenbane Head, Beaverford, Fresno City, Maidan, Mopan, Trewellard and setting the tanker San Demetrio on fire (later salvaged).

The damage inflicted by Admiral Scheer would have been far greater, had it not been for the sacrifice of courageous HMS Jervis Bay and her heroic crew.
Jan Lettens28/08/2008UK hydro member
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Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool

Canadian Pacific was a Canadian company which owned ships, trains and planes:

The original company was Canadian Pacific Railway Co. incorporated in 1882 as a Canadian company.

In 1901, Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. was bought.

In 1915, Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. was formed in Liverpool.

In 1921 the name was changed to Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.

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 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.
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