british Blue Star Line Ltd. (Carlisle & Co.) MV Wellington Star [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1939
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 12382  grt
dimensions 163.2 x 21.5 x 9.8 m
material steel
engine Two x 6-Cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. Burmeister & Wain oil engines by shipbuilders, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 2463  n.h.p.
speed 16  knots
yard no. 1016
IMO/Off. no. 165168
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
other reasons torpedo
date lost 16/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
engine by
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
owner
Blue Star Line Ltd. (Carlisle & Co.), London
captain Williams, Trevor
no. of crew 69
about the wreck
depth (m.) 4000 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 23/03/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 20/06/2013
 
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Vleggeert Nico23/03/2008
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Claes Johnny17/06/2008At 13.02 hours on 16 Jun, 1940, the unescorted Wellington Star (Master Trevor Williams) was hit in the bow by one G7a torpedo from U-101 about 300 miles west of Cape Finisterre. After the crew abandoned ship in four lifeboats, the U-boat fired three coups de grâce at 14.23, 14.40 and 14.58 hours, but the first two were duds.

The ship developed a list and settled but did not sink after the last torpedo had hit underneath the bridge. The U-boat surfaced, questioned the survivors and sank the ship with 31 rounds from the deck gun at 16.45 hours.

The master and 51 crew members were picked up after eight days by the French steam merchant Pierre L.D. and landed at Casablanca on 24 June. The same day, the remaining 17 crew members in a lifeboat made landfall at Figuera da Foz near Oporto.
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About Builders
 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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