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St. Helena

St. Helena


Built for South American Saint Line, Cardiff by J.L. Thompson and Sons Ltd., North Shields, Sunderland. She was launched as a 4313 ton steam merchant on 8 April 1936 and completed during July.
On 12 April 1041 she was sailing unescorted on voyage Montevideo-Rio Grande do Sul-Santos-Bahia

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Stuart , I always find your postings very interesting . Correct me if I'm wrong but, was'nt this class of ships known as the 'Doxford Economy' type and on what the 'Liberty' ship design was based. In fact I'm sure one of the Thompson brothers led the British Ministry of War Transport that sailed to the states to interest the Americans in building this type of shipso our yards could concentrate on escort warships. Only one man apparently had the foresight to see the possibilities and that was Kaiser who was'nt at the time a ship-builder but a civil construction man. Thank God he turned up.

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