dutch Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. N. V. (NASM, Holland-Amerika Line, HAL) SS Spaarndam [+1939]
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nationality dutch
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
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weight (tons) 8857  grt
dimensions 142 x 17.75 x 9.21 m
material steel
engine 3 x steam turbines, single screw
power 4200  s.h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 112
call sign
PHPW  
PHPW
about the loss
cause lost mine
other reasons [1] ran aground (wrecked)
[2] fire
date lost 27/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 658
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builder
Nieuwe Waterweg Scheepsbouwmaatschappij - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co., Schiedam
engine by
John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
owner
Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Mij. N. V. (NASM, Holland-Amerika Line, HAL), Rotterdam
captain Dobbinga, F. H.
no. of crew 48
no. of passengers 20
about the wreck
depth (m.) 12 max. / 2.5 min. (m)
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protected
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entered 27/07/2005
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Lettens Jan02/04/2010Spaarndam was rebuilt several times during her career:

built as a passenger/cargo ship, with accomodation for 14 1st, 174 2nd and 802 3rd class passengers.

Rebuilt in 1928 for 14 1st, and 950 3rd class passengers.

Rebuilt in 1935 for 20 1st. class passengers and second funnel removed.
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Lettens Jan18/03/2006SS Spaarndam. 1919 by Scheepsbouw Mij, De Nieuwe Waterweg, Schiedam; 4.200hp; 14 knots; triple turbines; rebuilt in 1934; one funnel was removed;On November 27th 1939, while en route from New Orleans to Rotterdam, she struck a mine 2 miles NE from lightship Tongue; She was maneouvered onto a bank and set on fire;

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About Builders
 John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
One of the largest naval shipbuilders in the UK, John Brown produced both battleships and cruisers in quantity for the Royal Navy and approved foreign clients (Chile, Japan). Brown's was also noted for ocean liners of the largest size and speed, including the LUSITANIA, AQUITANIA, QUEEN MARY, and both QUEEN ELIZABETHs for the Cunard Line. The company had its own steelworks in Sheffield and shipyard in Clydebank, a city actually named for its shipyard, near Dalmuir on the Clyde. At peak workforce before WWI the works directly employed over 10,000 men. In the midst of this prewar arms race and prosperity in 1907, the company issued a commemorative volume on the completion of the LUSITANIA. Not content to tout the ship herself, the company produced an impressive brag piece for the yard -- our source for many of the photos here reproduced. Notable warships built at the yard included the Japanese battleship ASAHI, the British battleships HINDUSTAN, AFRICA, and VALIANT (QE class), and the battlecruisers TIGER, REPULSE, INDEFATIGABLE, and HOOD. In 1971 Browns was sold to Marathon Oil. The shipyard remained in service to the North Sea oil industry before being closed by a successor company; the site was demolished in 2002. It is now the site of Clydebank Community College; a few of the original buildings and the giant Titan crane remain in the midst of a bulldozed wasteland. The engineering arm of John Brown continues (after several bouts of acquisition) as John Brown Engineering Gas Turbines Ltd, E. Kilbride, UK.

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