N50 29.900 W1 55.106
The Avanti was a British cargo ship built in Copenhagen in 1912. The Owner at the time of sinking was TCS (The Shipping Controller) London although she had had 2 previous owners.
On 2nd Feb 1918 she was en route from Bilboa to Hartlepool carrying a cargo of 3,500 tons of iron ore when she was siunk by German submarine UB 59 approx 4 miles sse of St Albans head.
Today she lies in 42m of water .
Twenty two of the crew were killed including the captain.
UB 59 with her captain Wassner Erwin , sunk 7 ships (8,361 tons) and 2 ships damaged (12,413 tons)
Type: cargo ship
Built by Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri
Date built: 1912
Tonnage: 2128 grt
dimensions: 83.1 x 12.2 x 6.4 m
Engine: 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion steam engine, 2 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
Power: 181 n.h.p.
Speed: 9 knots
Yard no.: 284
IMO/Off. no.: 140271