norwegian Lindoe E - Erich Lindøe SS Saphir [+1918]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1901
is nickname no
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weight (tons) 1406  grt
dimensions 74.7 x 11 x 5.2 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 146  n.h.p.
yard no. 60
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/05/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Laxevaags Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen
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Laxevaags Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen
Lindoe E - Erich Lindøe, Haugesund
captain Holme, Engel
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depth (m.) 23 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 11/06/2012
[1] Lettens Jan22/03/2012
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Saphir lies in 35 metres of water 14 miles off Newquay, Cornwall.

Atlantic Scuba08/01/2008

The Saphir is small and hard to find. It lies in gullies 3 miles west of Trevose headland. Well broken now though.

Lettens Jan22/03/2012

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Hutchinson Steve01/04/2012

Wreck lies in reef. Bows to boiler flattened. Boiler astern, hull has fallen to starboard engine still enclosed by hull. Port side at seabed is the keel. Some wreckage fallen to starboard. What would have been port side hull is high point nearly to stern. Stern is just breaking off with propellor (iron) clear of seabed and rudder lying alongside. Always lots of fish, pollack, pouting, conger etc

Wreck is not large it is just possible to dive the entire wreck in one dive. Best guess is 70m long. Depth at low water is 29m
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Lettens Jan31/03/2012SS Saphir, built by Laxevaags Maskin & Jernskibsbyg., Bergen in 1901 and owned at the time of her loss by Erich Lindøe, Haugesund, was a Norwegian steamer of 1.406 tons.

On May 25th, 1918, Saphir, on a voyage from Barry Dock to Bayonne with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine U-94 (Martin Schwab), 1.5 miles NNW of Trevose Head. There were no casualties.
Allen Tony25/05/2009

Saphir SS was a Norwegian cargo steamer of 1,378 tons built in 1901 and built by Laxevaags, bergen for E. Lindoe, Haugesund, Norway.

On the 25th May 1918 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-94 when 1.5 miles NNW of Trevose Head, Cornwall , England and on route from Barry Docks for Bayonne with a cargo of coal.

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