british General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. SS Merel (part Of) ? [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1925
is nickname no
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live live
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weight (tons) 1088  grt
dimensions 74.7 x 11 x 3.7 m
engine triple expansion engine
power 298  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 497
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 08/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.16rank: 640
about people
builder
Ayrshire Dockyard Co. Ltd., Irvine (UK)
owner
General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London
captain Wastall
about the wreck
depth (m.) 11 max. / 9.6 min. (m)
orientation 45°
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war grave
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 31/05/2011
 
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General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London

The General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd was the oldest shipping company in the world to start directly with steamships in 1821. A huge coastal liner fleet with its four subsidiaries including Moss-Hutchison Line, New Medway Steam Packet Co. Ltd (pioneers of the Thames day excursion trades along with G.S.N.C.). GSNC was acquired by P&O in 1920.
 
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 Ayrshire Dockyard Co. Ltd., Irvine (UK)
The company was formed in 1888. When Mackie and Thomson sold their old Govan yard to Harland and Wolff in 1912, part of the deal was that a four ship contract would be given to them to build four ships at their new six berth yard, based at Irvine on the coast of Scotland. -- During the First World War the yard built fleet tugs for the Admiralty along with merchant ships, Indian coastal passenger steamers and three standard "B" types were completed. The main customers of the yard were Clan Line Steamers and from 1919 to 1928, they built 25 ships. -- In 1928 the yard was bought by Lithgows. A couple of tramps were completed, and work started on a couple of others, but production came to a halt when the Depression hit the shipbuilding industry badly. -- No shipbuilding happened in 1933 and manufacturing only really picked up from 1936 onwards. However, soon after, the yard was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security. The yard's main function became that of a ship repairer which it continued doing throughout the 40s and 50s.

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