south-african Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing SS Southern Author (+1961)
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nationality south-african
purpose hunting
type whaler
propulsion steam
date built 1950
is nickname no
weight (tons) 439  grt
dimensions 48.4 x 8.4 x -- m
material steel
engine 1x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
yard no. 1205
IMO/Off. no. 184023
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cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 18/06/1961  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing, Leith
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Allen Tony15/06/2013SS Southern Author ran ashore on Dassen Island 50 miles N. of Cape Town, became total loss on the 18th June 1961. She was owned The South Georgia Co. Ltd. (C. Salvesen & Co.), Leith but leased to Saldanha Whaling Co., Cape Town and based Saldanha Bay from 1961.

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Salvesen Christian - The South Georgia Co., Sevilla Whaling - Southern Whaling & Sealing, Leith

The South Georgia Co. Ltd. was formed in 1916 where as the parent company dates from 1846 when the Norwegian brothers Christian and Theodore Salvesen set up business in Edinburgh. Involved in whaling and shipping. Stopped with shipping in 1990.
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 Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Smith's Dock Company who started at High Docks, South Shields, are often referred to simply as Smith's Dock, was a British shipbuilding company that became associated with South Bank in Middlesbrough on the River Tees in Northeast England, after opening an operation there in 1907.

Smiths Dock are perhaps most famous for preparing the design of the Flower class corvette, an anti-submarine convoy escort of WWII. In 1914 listed as Marine Engineers. During WWI the yard's output was 160 small ships. In the 1920's the yard began arc-welding along with riveting. Up to 1930 the yard mainly made colliers, tramps and cargo-liners.

In 1930 the yard entered the depression with a number of orders on its books. The worst year for the yard was 1932 when it was only able to launch one motor trawler. In 1931 the Stockton yard of Smiths Dock Co Ltd was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security for closure and dismantling. In 1936 the "Flower" class corvette based on the design of the whale-catcher Southern Pride, made its debut. 19 were made by the yard and 200 by other yards.

During the 1940s the yard made a number of cargo ships, tramps, colliers and the last case-oil carrier. In 1966 the yard was sold to Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson with the yard becoming part of the Swan Hunter Group later in the same year.

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