british Elders & Fyffes Ltd. SS Chagres [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
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weight (tons) 5406  grt
dimensions 122.1 x 15.6 x 9.2 m
engine Triple expansion engine, four boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 447  n.h.p.
speed 13.5  knots
yard no. 513
IMO/Off. no. 160192
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 09/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
about people
Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Elders & Fyffes Ltd., Garston
captain Hugh Roberts
complement 62
about the wreck
depth (m.) 39 max. / 26.5 min. (m)
orientation 137°
war grave
 Chris Michael, The Wrecks Of Liverpool Bay
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entered 27/08/2008
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Lies in 36 metre. Visibility is usually good and she is now covered in dead mans fingers typical of other wrecks in the area. She lies upright with one of here masts still upright amidships rising 15m above the sea bed. 21 metres to deck in 36 metres.

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Allen Tony05/04/2008The 400 ft long Chagres was a British Refrigerated Cargo steamship of 5,406 tons built by Alexander Stephen and Sons of Glasgow in 1927. She was on voyage from Victoria , Nigeria to Garston with a cargo of 1,500 tons of bananas when she hit a mine on 9th February 1940 when 5 miles off the Bar LV, Mersey . Of the crew of 62, two were lost and seven were reported injured.
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About Owners
Elders & Fyffes Ltd., Garston

Became Fyffes Group Ltd. in 1969.
About Builders
 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

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