british Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd. (R. Shaw & W. Savill) MV Wairangi (+1942)
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nationality british
purpose utility
type cable ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1935
is nickname no
weight (tons) 12436  grt
dimensions 163.5 x 21.46 x 9.88 m
material steel
engine 2 diesel engines, dual shaft
power 1631  n.h.p.
speed 17  knots
yard no. 924
IMO/Off. no. 163660
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 13/08/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd. (R. Shaw & W. Savill), London
captain Gordon, H.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
entered by Allen Tony
entered 13/08/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 02/05/2014
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Lettens Jan02/05/2014OPERATION PEDESTAL

On August 13th, 1942, German and Italian motor torpedo boats attack Malta-bound convoy before dawn.

German S-30, S-36, and Italian MAS-554 and MAS-557 torpedo and sink British merchantman WAIRANGI and damage ROCHESTER CASTLE.

U.S. freighter ALMERIA LYKES is torpedoed and is abandoned. The ship remains afloat, but is sunk by scuttling charge after daybreak. British destroyer HMS SOMALI rescues all hands: 51 merchant seamen, 15-man Armed Guard, and 39 passengers.

Freighter SANTA ELISA is torpedoed in the same attack, approximately 20 miles southeast of Cape Bon and is abandoned when her cargo of aviation gasoline catches fire. Four of the 33 embarked army passengers are killed, but the 56-man merchant complement and the 11-man Armed Guard suffer no fatalities. British destroyer HMS PENN rescues the survivors and transports them to Malta. SANTA ELISA Elisa is finished off by bombs later that day.

The Three surviving British transports and the one tanker will reach Malta later this day. a fourth transport will reach the island on 14 August.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Allen Tony13/08/2008Wairangi SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 12,436 tons built in 1935 by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Govan, Yard No 924G for Shaw Savill & Albion, Southampton. On the 13th August 1942 she was torpedoed by a torpedo boat. She caught fire and sank. Her crew were transferred safely to HMS ESKIMO. The incident was one of many that happened to the Malta Convoy, which she was part of.
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 Stuart Cameron,

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About Owners
Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd. (R. Shaw & W. Savill), London

Robert Shaw and Walter Savill founded the company as Shaw, Savill & Co. in London in 1858

In 1883, merged with their main competitor Albion of Glasgow.

Acquired the Aberdeen Line in 1905.

Stopped existing in 1986.
About Builders
 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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