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Name: SS Canadian Constructor
Owner: Canadian Constructor, Ltd.[1]
Operator: Canadian National Steamships[1]
Port of registry: Flag of Canada (1921–1957).svg Halifax, Nova Scotia[1]
Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd, Nova Scotia[1]
Launched: January 1922[1]
Completed: 1922
Out of service: 1939
Fate: Sold
United Kingdom
Name: SS Argos Hill
Namesake: Argos Hill, Mayfield, East Sussex
Owner: Ernels Shipping Co, London[2]
Operator: Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London[2]
Port of registry: United Kingdom London
Acquired: 1939[2]
Out of service: August 1945[2]
  • call sign GTTP[2]
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  • official number 150465[2]
Fate: Burnt out
General characteristics
Type: refrigerated cargo ship
  • 7,178 GRT
  • 6,664 tonnage under deck
  • 4,418 NRT[1]
Length: 430.0 ft (131.1 m)[1]
Beam: 56.2 ft (17.1 m)[1]
Draught: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)[1]
Depth: 34.8 ft (10.6 m)[1]
Installed power: 705 NHP[1]
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine; screw[1]

SS Canadian Constructor was a 7,178 GRT[1] refrigerated ship built in 1922 by Halifax Shipyards Ltd in Nova Scotia.

The ship had 12 corrugated furnaces with a combined grate area of 264 square feet (25 m2) heating her four 180 lbf/in2 single-ended boilers, which had a combined heating surface of 10,848 square feet (1,008 m2).[1] The boilers fed a 705 NHP triple expansion steam engine that was built by Tidewater Shipbuilders Ltd of Trois-Rivières, Quebec.[1] Her hull had a 13-ton fore peak tank and a 128-ton aft peak tank.[1]

The ship's first manager was Canadian National Steamships, which set up a one-ship company, Canadian Constructor Ltd, to own her.[1]

In 1939 she was sold to Ernels Shipping Co of London, who registered her in London as SS Argos Hill and her placed under the control of Counties Ship Management.[2] She was damaged in an air attack on Convoy OA 178 in the English Channel on 4 July 1940.[3]

Argos Hill survived and remained in service until after the surrender of Germany, but was destroyed by fire on 7 August 1945[2][4] just a week before the surrender of Japan.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Lloyd's Register 1935.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lloyd's Register of Shipping" (PDF). Lloyd's Register. 1945. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  3. ^ Slader 1988, p. 55.
  4. ^ Swiggum, S (1997–2010). "Canadian Government Merchant Marine CGMM, Montreal 1918-1928". The Ships List. S Swiggum & M Kohli. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.


  • "Lloyd's Register of Shipping" (PDF). Lloyd's Register. 1935. Retrieved 30 March 2013.

Sources & further reading

  • Sedgwick, Stanley (1993) [1992]. Kinnaird, Mark; O'Donoghue, K.J. (eds.). London & Overseas Freighters, 1948-92: A Short History. Kendal: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-68-1.
  • Sedgwick, Stanley; Sprake, R.F. (1977). London & Overseas Freighters Limited 1949-1977. Kendal: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-01-0.
  • Slader, John (1988). The Red Duster at War. London: William Kimber & Co Ltd. pp. 54–55. ISBN 0-7183-0679-1.