french Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des) SS Khai Dinh (+1942)
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nationality french
purpose transport
type ocean liner (ex-troop transport)
propulsion steam
date built 1914
weight (tons) 5153  grt
dimensions 116.2 x 15.8 x 9.3 m
engine 2 x 3 Cyl. triple expansion engine, 4 boilers, 2 screws
power 788  n.h.p.
speed 15  knots
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 22/11/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 657
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Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
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[1]Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des), Paris
SS Khai Dinh (+1942)
period 1939 ~ 1942
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[2]Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des), Paris
SS Lamartine (+1942)
period 1921 ~ 1939
[3]Russian Navy - Soviet Navy - Soviet Union (1918-1991)
SS Respublikanets (+1942)
period 1917 ~ 1921
[4]Russian Steam Nav. & Trading Co. - ROPIT, Odessa
SS Imperator Aleksandr III (+1942)
period 1914 ~ 1917
no. of passengers 792
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entered 10/05/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 11/12/2010
Vleggeert Nico10/05/2008
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Lettens Jan11/12/2010On November 22, 1942, Pacific, USAAF planes (14th Air Force) on a shipping strike sink the Vichy French ship Khai Dinh, east of Haiphong harbor, French Indochina, 20°58'N, 106°40'E.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Vleggeert Nico09/11/2008The French passenger vessel Khai Dinh was seized by the Japanese in Indo-China. She was bombed and sunk by U. S. aircraft S of Haiphong.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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Messageries Maritimes (MM, Compagnie des), Paris

The shipping side of the government-owned 'Messageries Nationales' was split in 1852 under the name 'Compagnie des Services Maritimes des Messageries Nationales' and by 1857 it owned 57 ships.

In 1871, the company became 'Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes'. In 1904 the fleets of Compagnie Francaise de l'Est Asiatique and Compagnie Nationale de Navigation were taken over.

After WWII, only 21 ships were left. However the fleet was rebuilt, but the independence of French colonies caused the whole passenger fleet to be disposed of.

In 1977 MM and CGT (French Line) were amalgamated under the name Compagnie Generale Maritime.

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 Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
Very famous builder from Dumbarton, established in 1840. Closed down in 1960. The elephant is symbol for the company's strength.
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