french Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des) SS Général Metzinger [+1940]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1906
lifted lifted
weight (tons) 9345  grt
dimensions 150.2 x 16.8 x 9.4 m
engine 2 x quadruple expansion engine, 2 screws
power 6200 
speed 15  knots
yard no. 183
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 11/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
last owner
[1]Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des), Paris
SS Général Metzinger [+1940]
period 1924 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Brazilian Government
period 1917 ~ 1924
[3]Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft, Hamburg
SS Cap Vilano
period 1906 ~ 1917
no. of passengers 981
about the wreck
depth (m.) 17 max. / 3 min. (m)
orientation 100°
war grave
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last update Lettens Jan
last update 26/08/2014
[1] Lettens Jan11/06/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Very much broken, orientation: E-W. Height: 14m

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Lettens Jan06/06/2010General Metzinger, passenger ship, steamer of 9.345 tons, 150m. She was ordered by the Hamburg South America line at Blohm et Voss and launched in 1906. Her first name was CAP VILLANO. Confiscated in may 1940, she was adapted for the war in Liverpool. On 11th June 1940, she is bombed while being in the port of Le Havre. 6 crew died.
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About Owners
Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des), Paris

The shipping side of the government-owned 'Messageries Nationales' was split in 1852 under the name 'Compagnie des Services Maritimes des Messageries Nationales' and by 1857 it owned 57 ships.

In 1871, the company became 'Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes'. In 1904 the fleets of Compagnie Francaise de l'Est Asiatique and Compagnie Nationale de Navigation were taken over.

After WWII, only 21 ships were left. However the fleet was rebuilt, but the independence of French colonies caused the whole passenger fleet to be disposed of.

In 1977 MM and CGT (French Line) were amalgamated under the name Compagnie Generale Maritime.

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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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