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SS Magdapur
Name: SS Magdapur
Owner: Thos & Jno Brocklebank, Liverpool
Builder: Lithgows, Port Glasgow[1]
Yard number: 730[2]
Laid down: 1920
Launched: 17 November 1920[1]
  • Code Letters GDXZ
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Delta.svgICS X-ray.svgICS Zulu.svg[2]
Fate: Mined and sunk 10 September 1939[1]
General characteristics
Type: cargo ship
  • 9,237 GRT until 1935;
  • 8,641 GRT after 1935[1]
  • 499.6 ft (152.3 m) until 1935;[1]
  • 473 ft (144 m) after 1935[1]
  • Beam: 64 ft (20 m)[1]
    Draught: 34.2 ft (10.4 m)[2]
    Installed power: Two steam turbines double reduction geared to single screw; 1,147 horsepower (855 kW); two double ended & two single ended boilers, 24 corrugated furnaces engine[2]
    Propulsion: single propeller[2]
    Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)[2]
    Capacity: 80 crew

    SS Magdapur was a cargo ship mined and sunk off Thorpeness, Suffolk, by a Nazi German submarine in the Second World War.

    The SS Magdapur sailed for the Brocklebank Line.

    On 10 September 1939, 1 week after the declaration of war, she was underway in ballast from Tyne to Southampton, her master was Arthur Dixon.[1] On that day she struck by a mine laid by the German submarine U-13.[3] She sank at 17:25. Six people died as a result of the attack, but 75 people were rescued from the sea by the Aldeburgh Lifeboat.[4] Her crew included lascars.[5]


    Coordinates: 52°11′N 1°43′E / 52.183°N 1.717°E / 52.183; 1.717

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