SS Abessinia (1900)

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Name: SS Abessinia
Builder: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company
Launched: 16 June 1900
Fate: Wrecked, 3 September 1921
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,735 tons
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 / 55.665833; -1.600817Coordinates: 55°39.950′N 001°36.049′W / 55.665833°N 1.600817°W / 55.665833; -1.600817.[1]


  1. ^ WreckMaster (2016). United Kingdom Shipwrecks and Incidents:: Ross to Beadnell, including Seahouses, Bamburgh & the Farne Islands: Volume 3. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-1540831811.