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SS Guecho – Cargo from the Past

Official Number: 141585

SS Guecho

ex Genecho, Guecho, Canadian Trapper


Steel single screw steamer built in 1920 by Davie Shipbuilding & Repair Co Ltd, Levis, Quebec, Canada (Yard No 459) as a General Cargo ship for Canadian Trapper Ltd (Canadian Government Merchant Marine Ltd)

 Technical Data

  • Length: 331.3 ft/ m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 46.8 ft/ m
  • Depth: 25.6 ft/ m
  • Draught: 25.6 ft/ m
  • Tonnage: 3600 – 3276 gross/2183 – 1865 net/5054t deadweight/2914 – 2880 (under deck)
  • Engines: T 3-cylinder Goldie & McCulloch reciprocating triple expansion steam engine
  • Power: kW/2500 bHP
  • Speed: 9.0 knots
  • Call Sign: TPNW (1922), MBLK (1930), EAGW (1944-45)
  • ID/IMO Number: 
  • Register Number: (LR 1930 -31) 72366
  • Official Number: 141585 (LR 1922)
  • Port of Registry: Montreal/Canada 🇨🇦, Bilbao/Spain 🇪🇸
  • Sister-Ship: Canadian Hunter (460)


June 25th 1920: Delivered as CANADIAN TRAPPER to Canadian Trapper Ltd (Canadian Government Merchant Marine Ltd).

1928: Management transferred from Canadian Government Merchant Marine Ltd to Canadian National Steamship Co. 

1929: GUECHO for Compania Naviera Amaya.


1936: GENECHO for Compania Naviera Amaya.

September 30th 1937: Sunk by Spanish Nationalist air attack, re-floated.

1940: GUECHO for Compania Naviera Amaya.

1946: GUECHO for Compania Naviera Espanola.

March 21st 1952: Off Eastbourne, Sussex struck on the starboard side, by British steamer BENWYVIS. Assisted by tugs four miles south-east of Dover Harbour ……….

© Lambert Weston

🆕 Guecho © Lambert Weston

……… Brought to the port and temporarily repaired to continue her journey to Antwerp.

© Fotoflite Ref: BW5855

Guecho © Fotoflite Ref: BW5855 (Dover, 1952)

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Guecho © Fotoflite Ref: BW19027 (01/06/1956)

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Guecho © Fotoflite Ref: BWX1252 (01/06/1959)

1966: Scrapped in Vigo.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of sincerely thanking: Nigel Scutt (Fotoflite) for his assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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