danish Det Østasiatiske Kompagni A/S MV Canada [+1939]
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nationality danish
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1935
live live
weight (tons) 11108  grt
dimensions 143 x 19.5 x 11 m
material steel
engine 2 x 6cyl B.& W. diesel engines (2S.C.D.A) by A.kt. Burmeistr & Wain Copenhagen
armament none
power 1236  n.h.p.
speed 15  knots
yard no. 62
about the loss
cause lost mine
other reasons ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 04/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Nakskov
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Burmeister & Wain's Maskin & Skibsbyggeri - B&W, Copenhagen (København)
Det Østasiatiske Kompagni A/S, Copenhagen (København)
captain Knudson
no. of crew 64
about the wreck
status well broken up
depth (m.) 12 max. / 3.4 min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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Racey Carl03/11/2009Among the largest ships ever wrecked off the Yorkshire coast was the 11,108 tons Danish motor vessel CANADA, which left King George V Dock in Hull on November 3 1939, and struck a magnetic mine off Holmpton, Spurn Head, the same day. The 64 crew members, 5 of them women, took to the lifeboats, for the ship’s number two hold was completely wrecked, and the ship seemed doomed. The lifeboat containing Captain Knudson circled the ship, and decided to re-board with a skeleton crew, but after five tugs had failed to move the ship, they too left.

The wreck lies in about 13m of water and is well broken up. The wreck has been known to local divers for many years, and because it is still a danger to navigation, it is marked by a large wreck buoy. In 1972, a team of divers removed the propellor from this wreck, without, unfortunately, informing the owners, Trinity House, who had plans of there own for the bronze artifact. The Daily Express of August 24 1972, put it in a nutshell with their headlines ’...Seabed pirates steal ten tons of loot...’ The matter was eventually resolved however; it is not easy to land a ten ton propellor without anyone noticing it, and the divers responsible were brought to book. Most people who were aware of the incident at the time secretly admitted that it had been a fine piece of salvage work!
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Lettens Jan11/03/2010CANADA (OYAH)

Bygget 1935 i Nakskov "Skibsværft" HK-8400 M. PA. STL. 7BH.2dæk. Telgr. L-468,8 B-64,3 D-36,3 BRT 11108 NET 6586 TDW 10800 Fart 14,7 Byg.Nr.62. 6CY. B&W-DIESEL

Kollideret den 5 april 1937 i Kanalen p.r. St,Thomas-London med Stykgods & passagerer, med NO s/s "HØEGH HOOD". Stævn beskadiget.

Minesprængt den 3 nov. 1939 ud for Humberfloden p.r. Hull-København med Stykgods & Soyabønner. Sejlet mod land og grundsat, men skroget sprængtes pga. vand i soyabønnerne. Total vrag.
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Racey Carl14/05/2009Built for a/s Det Ostasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen; A part of East Asiatic Company, founded in 1897 in Copenhagen by Hans Niels Andersen; Yard No 62; Launch Date 14/071934; East Asiatic Company’s first war loss occurs in October when the MS ‘CANADA’ is sunk by a mine off Hull, England, on passage from Vancouver to Gothenburg & Copenhagen with a General cargo, 1000 tons & Soya beans, 8000 tons.
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007Canada, 469ft long, 11108 tons, was sunk by a mine in 1939.
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About Owners
Det Østasiatiske Kompagni A/S, Copenhagen (København)

Founded in 1897 in Copenhagen by Hans Niels Andersen, for services between Copenhagen, Bangkok and the Far East.

The subsidiary Russian East Asiatic Steamship Co. (Russisk Ostasiatiske Co.), St. Petersburg was formed in 1899 and ran services between the Baltic or Black Sea and the Far East.

Other subsidiary companies were - Est Asiatique Francais, Paris (1902) and Siam Steam Navigation Co. 1908-1941. The latter taken over by the Thai Government and renamed Thai Navigation Co.

The Swedish East Asiatic Co. was later formed to operate in the South Africa trade.

In 1906, the Russian American Line, a subsidiary company commenced sailings to North America and continued until 1917. This service continued under the Danish flag between 1921 - 1930 as the Baltic American Line which was also owned by the East Asiatic Co.

Tramp shipping was operated from 1915 by another subsidiary company D/S A/S Orient , Copenhagen.

In 1919 the company formed the United Baltic Corporation in partnership with Andrew Weir & Co.

Another acquisition in 1949 was Johnson Walton Steamships Ltd, Vancouver who operated Vancouver - Far East services. Passenger sailings gradually diminished with the advent of air travel and were discontinued in 1969.

A good site for pictures and stories is this Danish website .

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