finnish Nordstrom R. (Ragnar Nordström) SS Margareta (+1940)
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nationality finnish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1902
is nickname no
weight (tons) 2133  grt
dimensions 87.1 x 13.1 x 5.7 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 210  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 185
IMO/Off. no. 431
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 09/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 661
about people
Murdoch & Murray, Glasgow
last owner
[1]Nordstrom R. (Ragnar Nordström), Loviisa
SS Margareta (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 431
prev. owners
[2]Eskildsen O. J., Copenhagen (København)
SS Polarhavet (II)
period 1927 ~ 1932
IMO/Off. no.: 837
[3]Rederi A/B Falkvik, Sölvesborg
SS Atlanten
period 1925 ~ 1927
IMO/Off. no.: 4053
[4]Per Palen, Notraby
SS Atlanten
period 1918 ~ 1923
IMO/Off. no.: 4053
[5]British Government, London
SS Atlanten
period 1917 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 127701
[6]Roselius U.A., Karlskrona
SS Atlanten
period 1916 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 4053
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Allen Tony04/08/2010Margareta SS was a Finnish cargo steamer of 2,133grt that torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-46 when on route from Bathurst for Greenock with a cargo of groundnuts.
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Claes Johnny11/06/2008At 13.05 hours on 9 Jun, 1940, the neutral Margareta was hit by one torpedo from U-46 amidships, broke in two and sank after one hour about 350 miles from Cape Finisterre. Four crew members died on watch below and another was killed in the water by sharks. The survivors were adrift in one lifeboat for three days and 21 hours, before they were picked up and taken to Vivero, Spain.
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About Owners
Nordstrom R. (Ragnar Nordström), Loviisa

Ragnar Nordström (1894-1982), one of Finland's biggest private shipowners, not to be confused with Nordström & Thulin from Sweden.
About Builders
 Murdoch & Murray, Glasgow
Henry Murray commenced shipbuilding in Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1866 or 1867 at the Kingston Yard, later known as the Brown Street shipyard. Ships were built there until vessel no.114 and then at Sandpoint, Dumbarton, Scotland, until Murray went out of business in 1883.

Henry's original business was known as Henry Murray & Co. from 1880. He was a partner in two other firms, Murdoch & Murray at the Glen Yard, Port Glasgow in 1874 and Murray Brothers , in Dumbarton in 1883. Murray Brothers only built sixteen small ships and closed down in 1890, their goodwill being taken over by Murdoch & Murray.

Murdoch & Murray was reformed as the Port Glasgow Shipbuilding Co. in 1912 and remained in business until ship no.304 in 1923. The company was eventually taken over by Lithgows Ltd , shipbuilders and repairers, Port Glasgow.

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