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  1. Name: Hawkinge
  2. Type of vessel: merchant ship, general cargo
  3. Flag: United Kingdom
  4. Date of sinking: 12 December 1929
  5. Cause: fog, grounding
  6. Location: Bufadoiro, Cape Finesterre (Finisterre)
  7. Diving level: basic
  8. GALP territory: Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)


Symbolic end in front of Cape Finisterre

On 25 May 1923, the Hawkinge had been grounded near Dumbarton after a collision with the ship Metagama on the Clyde (Scotland). Refloated almost two months later, it was taken to Holland where it was rebuilt and lengthened to 107.7 metres. With a crew of 23 people on board, six years later she was carrying ballast from Lisbon to Bilbao when she ended her tour of duty at the mythical end of the world due to fog.

The few surviving remains of the Hawkinge were located in 2008 during archaeological surveys at Bufadoiro Point, on the cliffs of the mount of the Cape.

After its first owner, Kelvin Shipping Co. Ltd. (H. Hogarth & Sons), many followed: SS Monceau, Cie. des Affreteurs Francais – Compagnie des Affréteurs Français, Rouen: 1928-1929; SS Dowanhill, Dawson Bros. & Rowan, Glasgow: 1925-1928. Dowanhill, Dawson John: 1925-1927. Baron Vernon, Hugh Hogarth & Sons Ltd. (Iberia Shipping, Kelvin Shipping, Hogarth Shipping), Glasgow: 1922-1925. Dunmore Head, Ulster Steamship Co. – G. Heyn & Sons Ltd. – Head Line, Belfast: 1922-1922. Ardrossan, Ulster Steamship Co., Belfast.

Characteristics of the Hawkinge

Triple expansion steam, 3-cylinder, built by Richardsons Westgarth, Hartlepool. 292 NHP. 2.739TRB, 1617 TRN, 99.36 x 13.71 x 6.3m. Steel hull.

Built: 1922, Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Company Ltd. Nationality: United Kingdom, Cardiff.

Shipowner: Constants (South Wales).

Venta de los restos del Hawkinge en el periódico El Pueblo Gallego, el 20 de enero de 1930.