british Donaldson Line (Donaldson Bros.) SS Dakotian [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
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weight (tons) 6426  grt
dimensions 121.9 x 15.8 x 10.7 m
material steel
engine quadruple expansion engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 626 
yard no. 506
IMO/Off. no. 145910
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about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 21/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
last owner
[1]Donaldson Line (Donaldson Bros.), Glasgow
SS Dakotian [+1940]
period 1933 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 145910
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prev. owners
[2]Leyland Frederick & Co. Ltd., Liverpool
SS Dakotian
period 1922 ~ 1933
IMO/Off. no.: 145910
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no. of crew 48
about the wreck
depth (m.) 10 max. / 7 min. (m)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/06/2007
last update Allen Tony
last update 28/10/2014
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Allen Tony26/06/2007

Have position given by divers as 51.42.12N 05.12.06W in depths of 7 to 10 metres. In 1976 efforts raised a 1918 vintage 4'' Vickers gun. The bow was blow apart as she presented a navigation hazard to shipping. The wreck is marked with a Buoy which lies NW of it.Depth of wreck from 7m to 19m. Visibility can be poor, and tides fast. Parts of the wreck can be dived through. Bow Section: Rich in Devonshire cup corals.

Bottles of medicine have been found. Tin plate next to the fallen mast can be found. If you pick up some of the sheets you will be able to see your reflection in them. To the left squeeze between the side of the ship and the compartments. There are boxes containing ammunition for the guns that used to be on board. Drop over the side and you can swim under her at this point, where you will find the rudder still attached.

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Allen Tony14/09/2007The 6,426 ton British cargo, Dakotian was sunk on 21st November 1940, when she hit a magnetic mine. She broke her back and sank very quickly. All crew were saved. She was on her way from Swansea to St. John in Canada with a general cargo, including 1,300 tons of tinplate and, oddly enough, Christmas puddings and bicycles. Dimensions: 6,426 tons, 400 feet long and 52 feet wide. Sank by a mine while dropping anchor on the night of 21/11/40 and went down in 3 min. She was in 1934 purchased from F.

Leyland & Co., Liverpool, for the Donaldson Line.
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About Owners
Donaldson Line (Donaldson Bros.), Glasgow

Known as Donaldson Atlantic Line , Donaldson Brother, Ltd., Donaldson South American Line. Established in 1855 as Donaldson Brothers.
About Builders
 Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893. - Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

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