british Ellerman Lines Ltd. SS Assyrian [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1914
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weight (tons) 3083  grt
dimensions 101.2 x 13.7 x 7 m
engine Originally motor vessel, rebuilt as steamer in 1925, steam triple expansion engines.
power 280  n.h.p.
yard no. 207
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 20/10/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.17rank: 639
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
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[1]Ellerman Lines Ltd., Liverpool
SS Assyrian [+1940]
period --- ~ 1940
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[2]Woermann Linie, Hamburg
SS Fritz
period 1915 ~ ---
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Lettens Jan18/10/2010S/S ASSYRIAN owned by Ellerman Lines, built in 1914 by Blohm & Voss; 2.962 tons; 332x44.8x23.1 ft.; 280 nhp.; Triple expansion engines.

On 19th October 1940, the S/S Assyrian was torpedoed. She sunk the following day. 17 crew died.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Allen Tony05/06/2009Completed in May 1915 as motor merchant Fritz MV for Blohm & Voss, Hamburg. In 1920 taken over by Britain and renamed Assyrian MV for Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool. In 1925 converted to steam merchant.
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Lettens Jan18/10/2010CONVOY SC-12 Halifax-UK 16-19th October 1940

In total, German submarines (U-48, U-101, U-46, U-123, U-99, U-100, U-38) sank nearly 80.000 tons in just 4 days time. The ships lost were:

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About Owners
Ellerman Lines Ltd., Liverpool

Ellerman Lines Ltd., Liverpool & London
About Builders
 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
The name Blohm & Voss has stood for quality in ship construction and marine and mechanical engineering for 125 years. Blohm & Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss as a general partnership. A shipyard was built on the island of Kuhwerder having three building berths along a 250m water front. - - -

Although the company was almost completely demolished at the end of World War II, it still builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export. Today Blohm + Voss is an innovative German shipyard specializing in the construction of naval vessels and technically sophisticated megayachts from building facilities in Hamburg including repairs, refits, and modification of such vessels as well as merchant ships.

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