german Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG SS Abessinia [+1921]
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1900
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weight (tons) 5753  grt
dimensions 137.6 x 15.8 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion engine, three boilers, single screw
power 642  h.p.
speed 12.5  knots
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cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 03/09/1921  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
about the wreck
depth (m.) 20 max. / 10 min. (m)
war grave
entered by Jan Lettens
entered 01/07/2002
last update Jordan Roger
last update 07/05/2012
Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens06/08/2007

Largest wreck on Farnes. Very broken bow section, large anchor and chain lies at west side of reef. Big boiler clear of jumble of wreckage at 18m. Some portholes still to be found. Platework over wide area. Beware tides, dive only at slack.
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Jordan Roger07/05/2012The steamer ABESSINIA (8915 tons deadweight) was interned at Pisagua, Chile, and her machinery had been immobilised/damaged by her crew. She was surrendered to the Allied nations, repaired, and left Junin on 22 March 1920, Kingston Jamaica on 21 May, Ostend on 2 August, and arrived Hamburg on 3 August 1920. She remained in Hamburg for over one year, during which time she was taken over by Great Britain.

She left Hamburg for the UK, in ballast, and was wrecked on 3 September 1921. For her voyage from Chile to Europe, she was shown as "unflagged" in Lloyd's Shipping Index, and in Lloyd's Register wreck returns she was also shown as unflagged.
unknown member12/09/2006Abessinia SS; 5.753 ton German steamer, built 1900. 541ftx51ft. 642hp triple-expansion engines. Abessinia was en route with general cargo from Chile for Germany, when, on 3th September 1921, she sunk, after hitting Knivestone Rock in Farne Islands.
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About Owners
Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg

Established in 1847. Also called HAPAG, Hamburg-America Line). In 1970, the company merged with the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd) of Bremen to establish the current-day Hapag-Lloyd, which itself is owned by TUI AG. HAPAG for the first time, introduced a sandwich to their passengers with meat in it. This inspired later businessmen to sell this (until then) unknown food in the US, creating the 'Hamburger'.

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About Builders
 Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Original founders: Brothers Charles Mark and George Palmer from Jarrow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. - - - Charles Palmer established a yard at Jarrow in 1851 and built its first iron collier 'The John Bowes' in the following year. It was the first ever sea-going screw collier and was built for shipping coal to London.
Palmers were also famed for building the first rolled armour plates for warships in 1854.

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