british Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co. SS Abeokuta (+1915)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1901
weight (tons) 1817  grt
dimensions 85.3 x 12.2 x 5.5 m
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 199  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 294
IMO/Off. no. 113464
about the loss
cause lost gale/storm
other reasons foundered
date lost 14/02/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Robert Duncan & Co, Glasgow
engine by
Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock
Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool
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entered 20/03/2008
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last update 20/03/2014
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remarksCalculated as '70 mile S W [225°] from FRANCE, Creach Lighthouse (Créac'h, Ushant, Ouessant)'.
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Allen Tony25/07/2008Abeokuta SS was a British Passenger/Cargo Steamer of 1,817 tons built in 1901 by Robert Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow for the Elder Dempster & Co Liverpool. She was powered by a steam triple expansion engines giving 199nhp.

On the 14th February 1915 she foundered in the Bay of Biscay, about 70 miles South West of Ushant (Ouessant), in a full hurricane, whilst on a passage from Liverpool to West Africa with a general cargo.
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Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool

Elder Dempster was a private partnership controlled by Sir Alfred Jones . He died in 1909 and his various holdings were sold to Sir Owen Cosby Philipps and Lord Pirrie who formed Elder, Dempster & Co. Ltd.

The group collapsed in 1931 and was reformed as Elder Dempster Holdings Ltd with the Elder Dempster fleet managed by Holts. 1953 Elder Dempster Lines Holdings changed its name to Liner Holdings and in 1965 ownership was taken over by Ocean Steamship Co. Ltd. The fleets owned by this company, now known as Ocean Transport & Trading Co. Ltd were increasingly integrated after 1974.

The Elder Dempster Line was sold to the French Company Société Navale Chargeurs Delmas-Vieljeux in 1989 but without the ships at which point Ocean Transport & Trading withdrew from deep-sea shipowning.

Lloyd's reference: 1193

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