french Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes) SS Alaska [+1939]
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general
nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
status
live live
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weight (tons) 5399  grt
dimensions 129.5 x 16.8 x 8.2 m
material steel
engine 3-cyl triple expansion engine, single screw.
power 629  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 324
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 15/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 666
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builder
Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland
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Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 62 max. / 50 min. (m)
orientation 57°
protected
war grave
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 15/11/2011
 
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Allen Tony13/03/2009The French cargo ship ALASKA SS, built in 1922 by Sunderland shipbuilding and owned at the time of her loss by Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, was in collision with the British cargo S/S DOTTEREL on November 15th, 1939.

She sank about 12 miles S.E. of Owers lightship. 2 men were lost. The rest of the crew was recovered by SARDINIAN PRINCE and destroyer HMS SCIMITAR. A ship´s boat was washed ashore.
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About Builders
 Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland
The yard had a number of owners until 1880 when Robert Foster set up a limited liability company with the Sunderland name. The yard made cargo-liners, steel colliers and tramps before moving into tankers in the mid 1880s. - - In the following decades a number of passenger/cargo liners were built. In 1903 the Admiral l'Hermite was launched form the yard: it was one of the largest ever made there. - - In the 1914 Directory: Listed as Iron Ship Builders of South Docks, Sunderland. A number of tramps were made up to World War I. During the war itself, eleven ships and 19 small naval craft were built of which two were gunboats. After building a cargo-liner and a few further tramps before the freight slump of the early 1920s. - - In 1923 no launches were made during 1923 and the yard stopped trading. The yard was demolished during the Depression years.

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