french Société Navale de l'Ouest - SNO SS Saint Prosper [+1939]
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nationality french
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1920
is nickname no
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weight (tons) 4330  grt
dimensions 111 x 15 x 8.8 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 515 
speed 11  knots
yard no. 930
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cause lost mine
date lost 08/03/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.27rank: 625
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William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
Société Navale de l'Ouest - SNO, Le Havre
captain J. Langlois
no. of crew 27
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depth (m.) 60 max. / 37 min. (m)
visibility good
current weak
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entered by Jan Lettens
entered 28/08/2008
last update Kenneth B.
last update 12/08/2014
Jan Lettens05/08/2010
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Société Navale de l'Ouest - SNO, Le Havre

Fondée en 1880, mais porte ce nom depuis 1887. A changé plusieurs fois de propriétaire, dont un groupe norvégien (1970), le dernier étant Vincent Bolloré (1991)

Founded in 1880, but has that name since 1887. Changed owners several times including Norwegian group (1970), the last being Vincent Bolloré (1991)

Fundada en 1880, pero lleva ese nombre desde 1887. Cambió de propietarios varias veces, incluso un grupo noruego (1970) siendo el último Vincent Bolloré (1991)

Fundada em 1880, mas leva esse nome desde 1887. Mudou de proprietários várias vezes, inclusive norueguês (1970), sendo o último Vincent Bolloré (1991)

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 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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