french Société Le Nickel (S.L.N.) SS Notou (+1940)
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1930
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weight (tons) 2489  grt
dimensions 96.3 x 13.4 x 6.3 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 275  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 1038
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 16/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
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[1]Société Le Nickel (S.L.N.), Paris
SS Notou (+1940)
period 1937 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Frederick Jones & Co. - Abbey Line, Cardiff
SS Margam Abbey
period 1930 ~ 1937
IMO/Off. no.: 162086
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered 30/04/2008
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last update 22/08/2013
Vleggeert Nico30/04/2008
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Vleggeert Nico13/09/2011SS Notou, from Newcastle (NSW) to Noumea, was intercepted and sunk by German auxiliary cruiser Orion.
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About Owners
Société Le Nickel (S.L.N.), Paris

Fondée pour exploiter le Nickel de Nouvelle Calédonie, possède sa propre flotte

Founded to exploit the nickel in New Caledonia, has its own fleet

Fundada para explotar el níquel en Nueva Caledonia, tiene su propia flota

Fundada para explorar o níquel na Nova Caledônia, possui frota própria
About Builders
 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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