SS Abessinia (1900) facts for kids
|Builder:||Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company|
|Launched:||16 June 1900|
|Fate:||Wrecked, 3 September 1921|
Quick facts for kidsGeneral characteristics
|Propulsion:||642 hp (479 kW) triple-expansion steam engine|
SS Abessinia, a German cargo ship, was built in 1900 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. of Newcastle. Constructed of steel and measuring 137.6m x 15.8m x 8.5m she was 5753 gross ton and was equipped with a triple expansion engine & three boilers giving 642 horse power and a speed of 12 ½ knots. Owned by the Hamburg-America Line she was interned by Chile during the war and her machinery damaged by her crew.
Later she was surrendered to the Allied nations, repaired, and arrived at Hamburg on 3 August 1920. She left Hamburg for the UK, in ballast, and was wrecked on 3 September 1921 on Knivestone, Farne Islands. Considered to be the largest wreck on the Farnes, she remains popular with divers and her broken bow section, anchor and chain lie to the west side of the Knivestone Reef.
She sits at a depth of 18m at 55°39.950′N 001°36.049′W / 55.665833°N 1.600817°W.