french Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes) SS La Bourgogne (+1898)
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nationality french
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1885
weight (tons) 7395  grt
dimensions 150.6 x 15.8 x -- m
material steel
engine Originally 6-cyl compound engines, in 1897, quadruple expansion engines, 4 brigantine rigged masts.
power 9800  i.h.p.
speed 17.5  knots
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cause lost collision
other reasons fog
date lost 04/07/1898  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.562rank: 216
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Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
no. of crew 220
no. of passengers 506
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Lettens Jan18/04/2012
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Lettens Jan18/04/2012LA BOURGOGNE

Owned by the compagnie generale transatlantique, the french line, she was considered the fastest french liner of the 1880s and was one of the last transatlantic liners with both sails and steam engines.

In February, 1896 LA BOURGOGNE collided with, and sank the steamer AILSA from the Atlas Line, off the US coast.

In 1898, after striking CROMARTYSHIRE in the fog, LA BOURGOGNE's captain attempted to beach on Sable Island but a sudden flooding of the engine room robbed the vessel of power. Evacuation of the sinking ship was chaotic and many passengers were forced to try and launch lifeboats themselves. Many accusations were made against LA BOURGOGNE's crew including claims they beat passengers away from lifeboats.

The liner's captain was last seen swearing and screaming on the bridge before he blew a last whistle as LA BOURGOGNE sank, 60 miles South from Sable Island. Almost half the crew survived but only 12% of the passengers survived. An inquiry in Halifax did not find evidence for many of the more bloodthirsty claims but blamed disorganization and panic.

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Allen Tony07/10/2010SS LA BOURGOGNE was built in 1885 by Forges & Chantiers de la Mediteranee, La Seyne for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (French Line). She was a 7,395 gross ton vessel, length 494.4ft x beam 52.2ft, two funnels, four masts, iron and steel construction, single screw and a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 390-1st, 65-2nd and 600-3rd class passengers.

Launched on October 8th1885, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Havre to New York on June 19th 1886. In February, 1896 LA BOURGOGNE collided with, and sank the steamer AILSA from the Atlas Line, off the US coast. In 1897-8 she was fitted with quadruple expansion engines and her masts reduced to two.

On July 4th 1898 LA BOURGOGNE was sunk in collision in dense fog with the British sailing ship ROMARTYSHIRE, off Cape Sable. At the time, she was carrying 506 passengers and 220 crew of whom 549 were lost, including Turkish wrestler Yusuf İsmail and American painter De Scott Evans. Only 173 people survived. Reports circulated that the crew had refused to aid passengers in the water, to the point of stabbing them. Survivors required police protection upon their arrival in New York.
Lettens Jan26/04/2008La Bourgoyne; 7395 tons; Registered at Havre, France.

La Bourgoyne was on voyage from New York, New York, United States to Havre, Haute Normandie, France. On the 4th July 1898, La Bourgoyne collided, off Sable Island, 60 miles south of. 562 people died.
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 Forges & Chantiers De La Mediterranee
1853: Débute par un chantier naval à La Seyne. 1872: acquiert chantiers etfabrique de moteurs au Havre. Sites de production détruits pendant la 2° guerre mondiale. Après guerre, subit reconstruction et modernisation, mais cesse ses activités en 1966

1853: Begins with a shipyard in La Seyne. 1872: acquires sites and engines manufactures in Le Havre. Production facilities destroyed during the WWII. After the war, underwent reconstruction and modernization, but ceased operations in 1966.

1853: Comienza con un astillero de La Seyne. 1872: adquisición de astilleros y fábrica de motores en Le Havre. Instalaciones de producción destruidas durante la 2 ª Guerra Mundial. Después de la guerra, realizó la reconstrucción y modernización, pero cesó sus operaciones en 1966.

1853: Começa com um estaleiro em La Seyne. 1872: adquire estaleiros e fábrica de motores em Le Havre. Instalações de produção destruídas durante a 2 ª Guerra Mundial. Após a guerra, foi submetida à reconstrução e modernização, mas encerrou suas operações em 1966.

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