SS Louis Sheid

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SS Louis Shied
  • Ultor
  • Kendal Castle
  • Louis Sheid
Builder: Nord Werft
Launched: 4 February 1920
General characteristics
Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 6,057 tons
Length: 420 ft (130 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)

SS Louis Sheid was a 6,057 ton Belgian steamer that ran aground off Devon after escaping U-47 following the rescue of the captain and crew of the freighter MV Tajandoen on 7 December 1939.[1]

Louis Shied measured 420 feet (130 m) long with a beam of 55 feet (17 m). She was built by Nord Werft of Bremerhaven under the name Ultor and renamed Kendal Castle prior to being badged Louis Sheid for the Belgian National Shipping Line.

Louis Sheid sits in 8 metres (26 ft) of water off Leas Foot beach at Thurlestone at 50°15.658′N 3°51.831′W / 50.260967°N 3.863850°W / 50.260967; -3.863850Coordinates: 50°15.658′N 3°51.831′W / 50.260967°N 3.863850°W / 50.260967; -3.863850.

Two Thirds Blue Sub-Aqua Club (SAA 912) adopted the wreck under the scheme run by the Nautical Archaeology Society.[2]


  1. ^ Hall, Suzanne; McDonald, Kendall (1996). Dive South Devon (Diver Guides). Underwater World Publications. pp. 57–158. ISBN 0-946020-24-8.
  2. ^ Jakeway, Steve (31 March 2009). "The Louis Sheid". Two Thirds Blue Sub-Aqua Club. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009.