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Identification Data

Bouwjaar: 1928
Nat. Official Number: 3395 Z ROTT 1928
Categorie: Cargo vessel
Voorstuwing: Steamship
Type: General Cargo schip
Type Dek: Shelterdeck open
Masten: Two masts
Material Hull: Steel
Dekken: 3
Construction Data

Scheepsbouwer: Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool, Great Britain
Werfnummer: 1005
Date Laid Down: 1928-00-00
Launch Date: 1928-07-05
Delivery Date: 1928-08-24
Technical Data

Engine Manufacturer: Central Marine Engine Works (Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd.), West Hartlepool, Great Britain
Motor Type: Steam, Triple Expansion
Number of Cylinders: 3
Power: 3200
Power Unit: IHP (IPK)
Eng. additional info: 27, 44 & 73-51
Speed in knots: 11.50
Number of screws: 1
Gross Tonnage: 5759.00 Gross tonnage
Net Tonnage: 3368.00 Net tonnage
Deadweight: 9090.00 tonnes deadweight (1000 kg)
Grain: 534000 Cubic Feet
Bale: 478000 Cubic Feet
Length 1: 129.04 Meters Length overall (Loa)
Beam: 15.91 Meters Registered
Depth: 9.00 Meters Registered
1st 2nd 3rd Steerage Deck Total
12 0 0 0 0 12
Configuration Changes

Datum 00-00-1938
Type: Passenger accommodation changed
Omschrijving: Verbouwd bij de RDM waarbij tussen de schoorsteen en de brug de accommodatie werd verbonden met extra hutten voor passagiers. De capaciteit nam toe tot 24 passagiers. De romp werd grijs in plaats van zwart.

Ship History Data

Date/Name Ship 1928-08-24 ALPHERAT
Manager: Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co's Stoomvaart-Maatschappij N.V., Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Eigenaar: Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co's Stoomvaart-Maatschappij N.V., Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Homeport / Flag: Rotterdam / Netherlands
Callsign: NCTR
Additional info: 1934 callsign PCNU

Ship Events Data

1939-01-00: Started sailing in Rotterdam-South Amerca Line.

1939-02-05: Lost propeller due to fractioning of propeller shaft off Recife. Dutch s.s. Leersum (S.M.O.) took her in tow and brought her in port, in Recife. Partly unloaded and provisional repaired.
Definitive reparation lasted one month.

1943-12-21: Final Fate:
Left Durban November 17th, 11.00 hour, to England, via Suez Canal. Ship was loaded with 7091 tons of general cargo, like: platinum, copper, copper ore, tabacco, tea and brown sugar. On Decenber 21st, commodore signalled an airattack had to be expected, so the guns were manned and fire was opened.
At 16.55 hour Alpherat was hit by a bomb near SB bridge. An explosion occured in hold II and water entered the hold. Watertight doors had to be closed but also water poured into hold I.

The 23 passengers were ordered to prepare for leaving the ship. Despite pumping the water in hold I and II was still raising but the ship held position in the convoy.

On 17.25 hour it was clear the ship could not be kept afloat any longer and the speed was reduced. After being stopped, all the 23 passengers and the crew of 65 left the ship and waited at a save distance of the vessel. After being picked up by an escort vessel they stayed near the sinking ship so they were aware the ship broke in two and sank on 19.10 hour.

The Alpherat sank 150 miles east of Malta, position 35º20' N and 14º04' E. All passengers an crew members were brought in safety by one or more escort vessels.


Datum vanaf: 1939
Kapitein: Toonder, M.
Overige informatie: From August 25th (Bahia) - October 15th (Rotterdam)


Omschrijving: ALPHERAT
Gemaakt door: Unknown

Omschrijving: ALPHERAT
Gemaakt door: Unknown

Omschrijving: ALPHERAT
Gemaakt door: Onbekend *

Jaar: 1950
Bron: Personal Documentation
Omschrijving: Personal documentation of mr. F.G.E. Moll (1898 - 1983)

Jaar: 0000
Bron: Book
Omschrijving: Behouden Vaart 1905 - 1955 Een halve eeuw Scheepvaart. Gedenkboek Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co's Stoomvaart Mij. N.V. - Jaar 1955.
Op de uitkijk, aan het roer. NIGOCO 75 Jaar. - Jaar 1980 - Donia Pers Producties, Rotterdam.
Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co. 1905 - 1980. ISBN 90 228 1850 0 - Jaar 1981 - Unieboek B.V., Bussum.
Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co's Stoomvaart Maatschappij (NIGOCO) - ISBN 90 6013 029 4 - Jaar 1995 - De Alk B.V., Alkmaar, Holland.
De vlag gestreken. De laatste jaren van de rederij Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co. door George Reuchlin. - Jaar 2000.