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Cardena (I)

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Registry #1 150977 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1923 Cardena (I) Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1923 Place Old Kilpatrick Area Scotland Country UK
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 226.8' x 37.1' x 18.4'
Builder Napier & Miller Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage 1559 Type 1 Passenger/Freight Vessel
Registered Tonnage 842 Type 2
Engine 2 sets 3 cylinder direct acting Triple expansion 2000ihp Steam engine Engine Manufacture David Rowan & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Scotland UK
Repower Propulsion Twin Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters Captain Dickson (1927); Captain James Findlay (1946);
In 1923-1958 she was owned by Union Steamships Ltd. Vancouver BC. In 1959-1961 she was owned by the Sannie Transportation Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC.
Fate Broken up Date 1961-00-00
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She could do 14kts surface condensing built by and boilers built by Babcock & Wilcox Ltd., Renfrew Scotland. In 1961 she was broken up by Capital Iron & Metals Co. Ltd., Victoria BC. Her hull was towed to Powell River and ballasted with gravel she served as a floating breakwater. Then she was towed to Kelsey Bay for the breakwater there. There is a nice model of his vessel at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. On March 14, 1946 she ran agound at Port Clements in the QCIs. On November 4, 1950 she was stranded at Estevan Point BC and later salvaged. In March 1952, the Cardena grounded on mud flats under Lions Gate Bridge and, in early 1953, struck a rock in Patrick Channel, near Sullivan Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. Then, in the fall of 1953, again under Lions Gate Bridge, the Union ship collided head-on in heavy fog with the CPR liner Princess Elizabeth, leaving a 20-foot gash in the Cardena’s bow. Following the collision, the two conjoined vessels managed to maneuver into the sheltered waters of English Bay, away from the busy shipping lanes beneath the bridge. All of the passengers had donned life jackets, but they remained aboard for the four hours it took to separate the ships by cutting torch." On December 20, 1946 she went aground near Balmoral Cannery, at the mouth of the Skeena River.She was hauled off after three days by the Salvage Princess and Cape Scott."
Canada List of Shipping; Rogers, A.C. (Jr.) (Shipwreck Chart No. 2);
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