ss Avanti

N50 29.900 W1 55.106

The Avanti was a British cargo ship built in Copenhagen in 1912. The Owner at the time of sinking was TCS (The Shipping Controller) London although she had had 2 previous owners.
On 2nd Feb 1918 she was en route from Bilboa to Hartlepool carrying a cargo of 3,500 tons of iron ore when she was siunk by German submarine UB 59 approx 4 miles sse of St Albans head.
Today she lies in 42m of water .

Twenty two of the crew were killed including the captain.

UB 59 with her captain Wassner Erwin , sunk 7 ships (8,361 tons) and 2 ships damaged (12,413 tons)


Ships details

Nationality:         british

Type:                     cargo ship

Built by                 Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri

Propulsion:         steam

Date built:           1912

Tonnage:             2128  grt

dimensions:        83.1 x 12.2 x 6.4 m

Material:              steel

Engine: 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion steam engine, 2 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw

Power:                 181  n.h.p.

Speed:                 9  knots

Yard no.:              284

IMO/Off. no.:     140271