german SS Wittekind (+1944)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1906
is nickname no
weight (tons) 4028  grt
dimensions 106.4 x 15.3 x 7.85 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 1600  b.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 158
IMO/Off. no. 5602766
call sign
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 19/01/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.29rank: 621
about people
Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
engine by
Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
last owner
[1]Nübel & Fritzen A. G., Emden
SS Wittekind (+1944)
period 1925 ~ 1944
IMO/Off. no.: 5602766
call sign: 
prev. owners
[2]Wilhelmsen, Wilh. (Norske Afrika Og Australia Linje, Norge-Mexico Gulf Linjen), Tønsberg
SS Tricolor
period 1906 ~ 1925
call sign: 
about the wreck
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entered by Jan Lettens
entered 05/07/2011
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 04/04/2013
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Jan Lettens05/07/2011Requisitioned in November 1939 by the Kriegsmarine as a collier, the German cargo Wittekind was sunk by British bombers on January 14th, 1944, while on a voyage from Narvik to Germany, near Lister.

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About Builders
 Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
A point of interest: the first 25 ships built by this company, without exception, were all lost at sea or wrecked. Of the first 50 ships built only 3 would see a full life of service and make it to the breakers yard.

Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
Blair & Co. was formed from the engine maker Fossick & Hackworth.
In 1855 George Blair was appointed manager and in the spring of 1865 he was made a partner and the company became Fossick, Blair & Co. when Hackworth retired. Fossick died in 1866 and the company became Blair & Co. Blair was responsible for the expansion of the works to specialise in marine engines.

At this time the company had 700 employees (later to rise to 2,000) and covered an area of seven and a half acres. The first compound marine engine on the Tees was built by Blair's in January 1869 and fitted to the "Glenmore" built by Backhouse & Dixon.

In 1884 the company produced its first triple expansion engine for the "Burgos" built by Richardson Duck. In 1887 the sheerlegs, which were to become a Stockton landmark for many years were errected at a cost of £2,695. These shearlegs were capable of lifting up to 100 tons and were sighted near the river to lift marine engines into newly built ships.

By 1914 almost 1,400 marine engines had been built. At least 340 for Pearse, and later Ropner, 240 for Richardson Duck and 103 for Thomas Turnbull at Whitby. A total of 75 engines were built during the First World War.

The company was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials in 1919.

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