german Norddeutscher Lloyd - Ndl - North German Lloyd SS Elbe [+1895]
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nationality german
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1881
weight (tons) 4510  grt
dimensions 126.9 x 13.7 x -- m
material iron
engine 2 funnels, single screw propulsion, compound engines, service speed 17.5knots., single shaft, 1 screw
speed 15  knots
yard no. 248
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 30/01/1895  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.332rank: 325
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John Elder & Co., Glasgow
Norddeutscher Lloyd - Ndl - North German Lloyd, Bremen
captain Capt. Von Gossel
no. of crew 352
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depth (m.) 22 max. / 22.5 min. (m)
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entered 01/07/2002
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[1] Lettens Jan21/12/2010
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Early in 1993, Dutch amateur divers located the wreck, and salvaged much of the glasswork and tea sets.

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Lettens Jan06/08/2007Norddeutscher Lloyd; 1881; John Elder & Co; 4.510 tons; 418.2x44.9x35.4; 17.5 knots; compound engines. The liner Elbe, Capt. Von Gossel, left Bremershaven at 3 p.m. Jan 29th, 1895 bound for New York. She had 354 person on board. The weather was exceptionally severe and there was a heavy sea, but the night was clear and very dark. She discharged rockets at intervals to warn for her presence when at5.30am January 30th, the small steamship Crathie was sighted.

Crathie didn´t alter course and struck Elbe with terriic force on port side, abaft the engine room. Twenty minutes after the collision, Elbe sunk, taking 334 with her. The only boat lowered contained 20 persons, of whom one was a woman and 15 members of the crew !! Crathie didn´t make any attempt to ascertain if her assistance was requ ired, but made for Rotterdam. See also story (elbe.html NL)
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