british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Vina [+1944]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1894
live live
weight (tons) 1021  grt
dimensions 66.8 x 9.8 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed knots
yard no. 124
IMO/Off. no. 90912
about the loss
cause lost used as a target
other reasons deliberate
date lost 20/08/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Vina [+1944]
period 1944 ~ 1944
IMO/Off. no.: 90912
prev. owners
[2]Salvesen J. T. & Co., Grangemouth
SS Vina
period 1894 ~ 1944
IMO/Off. no.: 90912
captain Pickering
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 20/08/2013
Lettens Jan04/04/2013
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Julian Dowse18/09/2011Ship number: 90912 - Home port: Grangemouth

Built in 1894 in Leith by Ramage and Ferguson for JT Salvesen & Co. of Grangemouth. She spent most of her working life for the Baltic Trade. In 1940, during World War II, she was brought to Yarmouth under the command of Captain Pickering to act as a block ship to prevent attack on the port and, if needed, wired to explode and block the harbour entrance. In late 1943 she was towed to Brancaster.

In 1944 she was purchased by The Ministry of War and anchored further out at sea, to be used as a target for RAF planes testing a new shell. A north-west gale dragged her to her present position where, full of artillery holes, she sank.

Post-war various firms have salvaged scrap from the Vina, floating it across the channel on amphibious vehicles to the beach car park. In 1968 the bronze propeller was blown off, floated across the channel, and with much difficulty winched with chains up the beach.

GPS reading for the wreck: TF 78279 46405.
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 Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith
Makes iron ships and 1st launch is in 1878. 1880 > Capacities growing and began with steel vessels. 1910 > Top of production, size and variety. 1920> Over equippement facing demand. 1933 > Closed. The yard is then bought up by the shipbuilder Henry Robb

Lance son premier navire en 1878 et produit en fer. 1880> Aggrandissement des capacités et production en acier. 1900 > période d'apogée en nombre, taille et variété. 1920 > Suréquipement par rapport aux commandes. 1933: Fin de l'enterprise. Le chantier est racheté ensuite par le constructeur Henry Robb

Lanza su primero buque en 1878 y los construye de hierro. 1880 > Crecimiento y inicio de la producción de buques de acero. 1910 > Cumbre de la producción, tamaño y variedad. 1920 > Excesso de oferta. 1933: Cierre de la empresa, A continuación, el constructor Henry Robb compra el astillero.

Lança o suu primero navio em 1878 y os constroi de ferro. 1880 > Crecimento y inicio da produção de navios de aço. 1910 > Pique da produção, tamanho e variedade. 1920 > Excesso de oferta. 1933: Fechamento. Depois o estaleiro é comprado pelo construtor Henry Robb

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