british SS Tasman (+1918)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship (ex-passenger ship)
propulsion steam
date built 1912
weight (tons) 5023  grt
dimensions 124 x 14.9 x 7.9 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 470  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 589
IMO/Off. no. 142607
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 16/09/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 646
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Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
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Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
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[1]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS Tasman (+1918)
period 1918 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 142607
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[2]Koninklijke Paketvaart Mij. (Kpm), Amsterdam
SS Tasman
period 1913 ~ 1918
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last update 11/12/2012
[1] Lettens Jan29/12/2008
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Lettens Jan30/10/2011SS Tasman, built by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Hull in 1912 and owned at the time of her loss by The Shipping Controller (Federal Steam Nav. Co. Ltd.,), London, was a British steamer of 5.023 tons.

On September 16th, 1918, Tasman, on a voyage from London to Calcutta, was sunk by the German submarine U-46 (Leo Hillebrand), 220 miles NxW1/4W of Cape Villano. 14 persons were lost.
Lettens Jan29/12/2008S/S TASMAN; Requisitioned by The Shipping Controller (Federal Steam Navigation Co.) and built in 1912 by Earle´s Co.; 5,023 tons; 392x49x26 ft.; 470 n.h.p.; 12 knots; triple expansion engine

On September 16th, 1918, the steamer S/S Tasman was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-46 (Oberleutnant zur See Leo Hillebrand), 220 miles N by W1/4W of Cape Villano. The crew of 13, including the captain was lost.
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Allen Tony09/11/2008Tasman SS was a steamship of 5023 tons built in 1913. On the Singapore-Java-Melbourne run for Koninklkye Paketvaart Maatschappy (Royal Packet Line). Requisitioned by the Commonwealth Government during World War 1 and torpedoed on the 16th September 1918.
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Lettens Jan15/03/2009[EN]

Rev. George Ernest Woodford´s diary, 1918.

Rev. George Ernest Woodford´s diary, 1918, kindly sent by Jerome woodford, his grandson.
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About Owners
TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London

The position of Controller-General of Merchant Shipbuilding was created for Lord Pirrie at a time when merchant shipbuilding in the United Kingdom was in a very unsatisfactory state and a stimulus to increased production was urgently needed.

He went to the Admiralty without any staff, and, as a war measure, a large number of standard cargo steamers were built in British yards under his authority and with his active management. The standard ships, for which the original programme had been laid down by the Shipping Controller, were built for account of the State and have since been sold to the shipping industry.

Lord Pirrie on his appointment gave close attention to the speedy repairing of torpedoed ships and improved the organization.

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 Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co was the largest yard building the biggest ships on the Humber based in Hull --- The company was started in Hull in 1845 by two brothers from York, Charles and William Earle, who set themselves up as engineers and ship buiders. At times, as many as two or three thousand men were employed in shipbuilding and repair activities, including the construction of many Wilson Line vessels. The company was reconstituted as Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited in 1871 after the death of Charles and the illness of William Earle. Serious problems in the 1890s eventually led to the voluntary liquidation of the firm, which was then bought by Charles Wilson of the Wilson Line. The firm retained its name, but was wholly owned by members of the Wilson family for the rest of its existence. The trade slump of the 1920s and early 1930s led to prolonged short-time working. The yard was finally closed in 1932 when it was acquired by the National Shipbuilders Securities Limited under the national shipyard rationalisation scheme which precluded its use as a shipbuilding yard to 40 years. Nearly 700 ships had been built by the company between 1853 and 1931.

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