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La Campine - (1892-1917)
Painting by A. Jacobsen of the "La Campina" under Belgium Flag.
13.3.1917: during the voyage from Rotterdam to New York on the Northsea, sunk by gunfire of German U-boat.
In position (56.00 N.B.-04.57 O.L.).
SS La Campine
De La Campine uit 1891 was één van de eerste drie Belgische reservoirschepen (tankschepen) met een laadvermogen 3.400 brt.
van de American Petroleum Compagny (later Esso Belgium N.V.).
Het motorzeilschip bezat twee tanks voor het vervoer van petroleum. Het reservoirschip (tankschip) bezat drie masten, waarvan
de eerste en het middenmast met fok- en grootzeilen was voorzien. De achterste mast had geen zeilen, daar de lange schoorsteen
ervoor stond en dit voor eventueel brandgevaar. Op het voor-middenschip was de opbouw met een open stuurbak, waar de stuurman
en kapitein in weer en wind stonden. Een erfenis van de vroegere zeilvaart. Achteraan was er opbouw met de schoorsteen waar vier
reddingssloepen met davits waren.
De La Campine werd in maart 1917 in de Noordzee, tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog, door de Duitsers in brand geschoten en tot
zinken gebracht. De bemanning kon zich nog redden in de sloepen, terwijl het schip brandend ten onder ging.
SS La Campine
SS La Campine (2,595 GRT), was built by Palmers' SB. & Iron Co., Ltd., Newcastle for F. Speth & Co., Antwerp and sailing for
the American Petroleum Company. It was a steamship with auxiliary sails, an early oil tanker that was launched in 1892, and
was sunk by U-boat UC 50 in North Sea waters (Doggersbank, 56.00 North - 04.57 East) on March 13, 1917, on its way from
Rotterdam to New York.
Painter Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921).
See for more paintings : http://www.rehsgalleries.com/antonio_jacobsen_early_years.htm
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
LA CAMPINE -1892 (iron & steel), BE, 1T (aft)
2,595 Grt for F. Speth & Co., Antwerp, 309.7 x 39.0
Tanker build by Palmers' SB. & Iron Co., Ltd., Newcastle, (2), #632
1891 - American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam NE
Captured, shelled and sunk by UC 50, 13 March 1917, in 56.-N-04.57E, voyage Rotterdam - New York, in ballast.
The Miramar Ship Index for "LA CAMPINE"
Captured, shelled and sunk by UC 50, 13 March 1917, in 56 N - 04 57 E.
Another painting showing the 'La Campine" running the Dutch flag.
Painter : John Henry Mohrmann (1857 - 1916).
THE DUTCH SAIL AND STEAMSHIP "LA CAMPINE", Oil on canvas,
23 3/4 x 36 inches. Signed l.r.
Estimated price : $9,000-12,000.
Another painting of the "La Campine" also made by Painter : John Henry Mohrmann (1857 - 1916).
( Photo thanks to Leah Joys, granddaughter of John Henry Mohrman )
Leah Joys wrote :
My grandfather John Henry Mohrmann must have done three different paintings of the "La Campine", one in 1899 (which is the
one I have included a scan of), another in 1901 which is likely in a private collection in Germany and another in 1908 . I don't know
whether it is the 1901 painting or the 1908 one which you can view at www.askart.com by typing in my grandfather's name.
Actually from the time of his father's naturalization in San Francisco, he always kept his American citizenship - born in Germany,
went to San Francisco when very young, ran off to sea at 13, settled in Antwerp in 1884 after having met his future wife in Uruguay in
1884 (returned to Uruguay and married her there in 1886 and brought her back to Belgium), remained in Belgium where he painted,
raised his family of seven until emigrating to Canada in 1913. All of his seven children but for his oldest daughter emigrated to Canada;
she had married a Dutchman then working in Belgium but in the early 1920's they were to move to Vlissingen. So I have cousins, etc.
living in Holland today. My grandfather was to die in Canada after having been there less than three years.