american SS Lake Owens [+1918]
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
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status
live live
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weight (tons) 2308  grt
dimensions 77.1 x 13.4 x 6.1 m
material steel
engine Two boilers, triple expansion engine, single shaft.
armament armed merchant ship
power 289  h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 182
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/09/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 660
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Great Lakes Engineering Works - Glew, Michigan
owner
Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 51 max. / 42 min. (m)
orientation 30°
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 09/02/2011
 
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Lettens Jan22/03/2012
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Hutchinson Steve08/08/2014

3 main high points, bow, boilers engine and stern. Gun still on stern though no longer standing pointing skywards as fallen off to seabed.. Used to be lots of shells but none to be seen anymore. Word of warning- these did have heads inserted and would blow apart due to gassing when on the boat with dangerous and messy results. Cordite was in pellet form. Still pottery to be found. Stern is westernend.

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Lettens Jan09/02/2011SS Lake Owens, built by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse in 1918 and owned at the time of her loss by U. S. Shipping Board, Detroit, was an American steamer of 2308 tons.

On September 3rd, 1918, Lake Owens, on a voyage from Nantes to Barry Roads in ballast, was sunk by the German submarine UB-125 (Werner Vater), 3 miles NWxW1/2W from Trevose Head. 5 persons were lost.
Vleggeert Nico13/01/2011Laid down as War Music- completed as Lake Owens.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Sank off Newquay, Cornwall.

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About Owners
 
Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.

The United States Shipping Board was established as an emergency agency by the Shipping Act (39 Stat. 729), 7 September 1916. It was formally organized 30 January 1917. It was sometimes referred to as the War Shipping Board.

The Shipping Board's functions were to:
Regulate: commercial maritime carriers and trade practices,
marine insurance, transfers of ship registry, and the rates charged in interstate waterborne commerce.

Investigate adequacy of port and water transportation facilities,
Determine the necessity for steamship lines and the characteristics of vessels on those lines,
Develop a naval auxiliary and merchant marine, and
Subsidize private ship construction.

The Board was abolished, effective 2 March 1934.


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About Builders
 Great Lakes Engineering Works - Glew, Michigan
Great Lakes Engineering Works, or GLEW, was established in 1903 on the Detroit River, in Ecorse MI. In 1905, the company took over the Columbia Iron Works, in St. Clair MI, which at that time had only built two ships. The yard in Ashtabula OH was started in 1912. The Ecorse yard was later renamed the River Rouge yard, as a result of reincorporation of the community. GLEW closed in 1960. In the table below, the ships built in St. Clair have an S after their hull numbers and the ships built in Ashtabula have an A. Note that the Ashtabula yard had its own series of hull numbers from 1919 onwards.

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