swedish Svenska Lloyd A/B SS Hispania [+1954]
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nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1912
is nickname no
live live
weight (tons) 1337  grt
dimensions 72.2 x 11.7 x 4.9 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Co. Ltd. Newcastle, single screw
power 175  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 59
IMO/Off. no. 3005396
about the loss
cause lost foundered
other reasons ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 18/12/1954  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 670
about people
Antwerp Engineering Co. Ltd., Antwerpen
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
Svenska Lloyd A/B, Göteborg (Gothenburg)
captain Ivan Dahn
no. of crew 22
about the wreck
status in good state
depth (m.) 30 max. / 25 min. (m)
orientation 135°
position on seabed upright
visibility good
current normal
sea bed hard ground
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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Intact and upright with slight list to starboard, covered in orange and white anemones. Superstructure, open holds, engine room and deck-houses all explorable. Bow towards Mull. Very popular. Dive at slack only.
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'Splendid sight', intact, list to starboardd, bows inshore, deck 25m, covered in anemones

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Lettens Jan06/08/2007On Saturday, 18 December 1954, the storm wind, rain and sleet became so bad that Captain Ivan Dahn took the Hispania into the waters of the Scottish islands for shelter, writes Kendall McDonald. The Swedish steamer, built in 1912, had left Liverpool the previous day bound for Varberg with a cargo of steel, asbestos and rubber sheeting. In the Sound of Mull, visibility was almost nil, but the Hispania got nearly all the way up it before striking Sgeir More (the ´´Big Rock´´), half a mile off the western shore of Mull, at 9pm.

Her engines were immediately put to full astern, and that dragged her off backwards. But it was clear that she was badly holed forward, and was soon listing heavily to port. The crew of 21 had plenty of time to launch their two lifeboats, but Captain Dahn refused to jo in them. During a lull in the storm the crew rowed around their ship for nearly an hour pleading with him, but suddenly a bulkhead gave way, and she started sinking fast. Some of the survivors said they saw their captain on the bridge, hand to forehead in a salute as he and his ship disappeared.
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Allen Tony26/06/20071.337 ton Swedish steamer, built 1912. 236ftx37ft. 175hp triple-expansion engine. Cargo: Steel, asbestos, nylon rope, sheet rubber, Liverpool to Varberg, Sweden. Steel salvaged. Bronze prop gone too.
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About Builders
 North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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