italian SS Morea [+1940]
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nationality italian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
is nickname no
weight (tons) 2055  grt
dimensions 76.2 x 13.4 x 5.6 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 274  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 85
IMO/Off. no. 2054
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 16/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Chicago
engine by
American Shipbuilding Co. (Amship)
last owner
[1]Querci M. - Marino Querci, Genoa
SS Morea [+1940]
period 1935 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 2054
prev. owners
[2]Colombian S.S. Co., New York
SS Padilla
period 1930 ~ 1935
IMO/Off. no.: 216098
[3]Pugand R.C., Rio Hacha
SS Padilla
period 1926 ~ 1930
IMO/Off. no.: 216098
[4]Consolidated Navigation Co., Baltimore
SS Lake Crescent
period 1919 ~ 1926
IMO/Off. no.: 216098
[5]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
SS Lake Crescent
period 1918 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 216098
[6]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Duty (I)
period 1918 ~ 1918
about the wreck
depth (m.) 1000 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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Vleggeert Nico11/07/2011The Italian steamship Morea was torpedoed (missed) and shelled by British submarine HMS Osiris and sank 50 miles W of Durazza.
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 Jordan, Roger, The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939
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About Builders
 Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Chicago
Chicago Shipbuilding was an offshoot of Cleveland's Globe Iron Works. It became a subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company in 1898 and a division in 1911. After WWI, AmShip operated it as a repair yard but closed it in the 1970s. It was located on the east bank of the Calumet River, at 101st Street, where Morton Salt is now.

American Shipbuilding Co. (Amship)
The American Ship Building Company was the dominant shipbuilder on the Great Lakes before the Second World War. It started as Cleveland Shipbuilding in Cleveland, Ohio in 1888 and opened the yard in Lorain, Ohio in 1898. It changed its name to the American Ship Building Company in 1900, when it acquired Superior Shipbuilding, in Superior, Wisconsin; Toledo Shipbuilding, in Toledo, Ohio; and West Bay Shipbuilding, in West Bay City, Michigan. With the coming of the World War I, the company also acquired Buffalo Dry Dock, in Buffalo, New York; Chicago Shipbuilding, in Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit Shipbuilding, in Wyandotte, Michigan.

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