french Soc. Nationale d´affretements - SNA - PLM - Société Nationale D´affrètements SS PLM-15 [+1940]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1921
is nickname no
weight (tons) 3754  grt
dimensions 109.1 x 14.9 x 7.6 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, machinery aft.
armament armed merchant ship
power 430  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 763
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.42rank: 604
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Soc. Nationale d´affretements - SNA - PLM - Société Nationale D´affrètements
captain Largouet, Célestin
complement 5
no. of crew 37
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1100 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 27/08/2008
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last update 07/06/2013
[1] Jan Lettens30/07/2011
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Allen Tony10/10/2007P.L.M.15 SS was a French Cargo Steamer built in 1921 and of 3,754 tons. On the 18th February 1940 she was on route from Oran for an unknown destination when she was torpedoed by U-37 and sunk. All the crew were lost.
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Claes Johnny18/02/2008At 08.23 hours on 18 Feb, 1940, the P.L.M. 15 in convoy 10-RS was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-37 and sank immediately.
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 Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Smith's Dock Company who started at High Docks, South Shields, are often referred to simply as Smith's Dock, was a British shipbuilding company that became associated with South Bank in Middlesbrough on the River Tees in Northeast England, after opening an operation there in 1907.

Smiths Dock are perhaps most famous for preparing the design of the Flower class corvette, an anti-submarine convoy escort of WWII. In 1914 listed as Marine Engineers. During WWI the yard's output was 160 small ships. In the 1920's the yard began arc-welding along with riveting. Up to 1930 the yard mainly made colliers, tramps and cargo-liners.

In 1930 the yard entered the depression with a number of orders on its books. The worst year for the yard was 1932 when it was only able to launch one motor trawler. In 1931 the Stockton yard of Smiths Dock Co Ltd was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security for closure and dismantling. In 1936 the "Flower" class corvette based on the design of the whale-catcher Southern Pride, made its debut. 19 were made by the yard and 200 by other yards.

During the 1940s the yard made a number of cargo ships, tramps, colliers and the last case-oil carrier. In 1966 the yard was sold to Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson with the yard becoming part of the Swan Hunter Group later in the same year.

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