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SS Trevessa (1911)

Information about the SS Trevessa (1911) [formerly SS Imkenturm]

The SS Trevessa was built as SS Imkenturm in 1911 by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft of Flensburg in Germany for the Hansa Line and was ceded to Britain as war reparation in 1919, finally being bought by the Hain Steamship Company in 1920 when she was renamed SS Trevessa.

In 1923, the Hain Line steamer SS Trevessa was bound for Western Australia with a cargo of zinc concentrates when she sank on 4th June 1923 after taking on water.

As the zinc concentrates absorbed water, they formed a thick paste that made the bilge pumps ineffective and hastened the sinking of the ship. She sank within fifteen minutes.

Her Captain Cecil Foster and Second Mate Mr Hall took to two lifeboats with the remaining crew and spent the next 26 days rowing towards shore eventually landing at Rodriguez Island and Bel-Ombre, Mauritius.

Of the 44 crew, 34 survived the open sea and the story of their survival became the biggest news story of the year.

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Lot MA14/80

Lot MA14/80: SS Trevessa - The 7 1/2 Inch Radius Vernier Sextant by H Hughes & Sons, London. Presented To Mr RH Hall Second Mate SS Trevessa

SS Trevessa - The 7 1/2 inch radius vernier sextant by H Hughes & Sons, London. Presented to Mr RH Hall Second mate SS Trevessa, black three circle frame with silvered arc, sighting tube and mirrors in a fitted case, brass plaque to top inscribed, 'Present by the Brixham Baptist Church Mr RH Hall, second Mate SS Trevessa As a memento of the providential deliverance of the crew after exposure in open boats in mid-ocean for 26 days and of his skill in handling the second boat Psalm XVIII-16 1923' also together with a copy of '17000 miles in open boats the voyages of the Trevessa lifeboats' by Cecil Foster Captain of the Trevessa.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £280