greek SS Heraklion (+1966)
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1949
weight (tons) 8908  grt
dimensions 146.5 x 18.4 x 9.8 m
engine Steam turbine
speed 18  knots
about the loss
cause lost gale/storm
other reasons capsized
date lost 08/12/1966  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.234rank: 398
about people
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Typaldos, Piraeus
captain Emmanuel Vernikos
no. of crew 65
no. of passengers 206
about the wreck
depth (m.) 800 max. / 600 min. (m)
protected no
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 29/06/2008
last update Stefanou Costis
last update 01/04/2012
Kindynis George15/12/2009
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Allen Tony29/06/2008Heraklion SS was a Greek Passenger/Cargo Steamer of 8,908 tons built in 1949 by Fairfield, Govan, Scotland for the Bibby Line as the LEICESTERSHIRE SS. In 1965 she was sold to to Typaldos, Piraeus, Greece.

On the 8th December 1966 she was overwhelmed by heavy seas in the Aegean Sea whilst on passage from Crete to Piraeus and capsized. Of the 281 people on board only 47 survived.
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About Builders
 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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