british SS Dakota [+1877]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1873
live live
weight (tons) 4332  grt
dimensions 122 x 13 x 10 m
material iron
engine 1 x 2 cyl. cylinder compound engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 900  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 283
IMO/Off. no. 70883
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 09/05/1877  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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[1] Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Liverpool & Great Western Steam Navigation Co.
captain James Price
no. of crew 109
no. of passengers 218
about the wreck
depth (m.) 20 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 01/07/2002
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last update 28/05/2013
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Broken in three. Boilers form highest point. Sections of hull lean against East Mouse rock. Winches and propshaft clear. Frames in place. Full bottles of wine and many cups have been recovered. Plates scattered over wide area. Beware strong bottom currents. The Manifest of the S.S.Dakota when she sank:-226cs-brandy 100cs-wine 1cs-machinery 448lb-chicory 10cs-sardines 1cs-oil-paintings 2pkgs-books 4cs- oilman's-stores 1cs-perfumery 10cks-ox-acid 3cs-musical-instruments 1bx-medicine 12.5t-tin ingots 3652bxs-tin-plates 1 bx-sadlery 175crts-earthenware 24cs-spa-ware 7cs-hats
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Eekelers Dirk25/01/2006Liverpool & Great Western S.N. Co. (Guion Line); 1874; Palmers Co; 4.332 tons; 400.6x43.4x32.7; 900 rhp; 14 knots; compound engines. The Dakota, and her sistership the Montana, were experimental vessels built witha view to securing for her owners the Blue Riband of the Atlantic. The engines were an unusual design and the hulls were constructed with a ´´tumble home´´, similar to that which distinguished the old wooden line-of-battleship.

The vessels failed to achieve success either as record breakers or as good passenger ships, and their ultimate loss was a benefit rather than a disaster to their owners. The Dakota was wrecked off Anglesey on May 9th, 1877. By a strange coincidence the ship struck at a point not many miles from where the Montana was to founder three years later. The ves eel left Liverpool for America on the evening of the 9th under Captain Price with 218 passengers and 109 crew, and 1.800 tons of general cargo. At 9.30 pm, when abreast of Port Lynas Light, the captain gave order to port the helm. This order was misunderstood and the helm was put to starboard, thus throwing the vessel off her course. This mistake was noticed too late and although the engines ware reversed the Dakota stranded at the East Mouse, near Amlwch and not far from Anglesey.

All those on board got off in safety, but the ship broke in two the next day and became a total wreck
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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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