italian SS Mirella [+1940]
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nationality italian
purpose transport
type cargo ship (ex-tanker)
subtype/class WWI A-class standard cargo ship (br.) (ex-WWI A0-class standard tanker (br.))
WWI A-class standard cargo ship (br.) King Alfred SS [+1940]
propulsion steam
date built 1918
live live
weight (tons) 5340  grt
dimensions 121.92 x 15.85 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 1 screw
power 517  nominal horsepower  [*]
speed 11  knots
yard no. 386
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 02/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
about people
Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., Scotstoun
last owner
[1]Industrie Navali S. A. - INSA, Genoa
SS Mirella [+1940]
period 1935 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Lloyd Mediterraneo - La Meridionale di Nav., Genoa
SS Vallarsa
period 1919 ~ 1935
[3]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Prophet
period 1918 ~ 1919
no. of crew 30
about the wreck
depth (m.) 34 max. / 22.5 min. (m)
orientation 22°
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 06/08/2007
last update Allen Tony
last update 16/08/2011

[*] means that the value was inherited from King Alfred SS [+1940], the reference for WWI A-class standard cargo ship (br.).
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony25/03/2008Mirella SS was an Italian Steam Tanker of 5,222 tons built in 1918 by Charles Connell & Company, Scotstoun for the Shipping Controller (mngr Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co London) as the WAR PROPHET SS. She was previously called VALLARSA and owned by Industrie Navale Soc.Anon. Genoa (1935) WAR PROPHET (1919) and was built in 1918 and was owned by GAVARONE FU GIOVANNI, DITTA GIOVANNI. She was on route from TYNE for LEGHORN with 3,900 tons of coal when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-20.

1 crew lost from a total crew 30.
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