british Watts, Watts & Co. Ltd. (Britain Steamship Co.) SS Tottenham ? [+1911]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1901
weight (tons) 4494  grt
dimensions 112.8 x 15.5 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 Cyl. triple expansion engine by Blair & Co. Serial No. 1433. Three scotch boilers
power 429  n.h.p.
yard no. 379
IMO/Off. no. 112827
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 11/02/1911  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Ropner & Sons Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
engine by
Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
last owner
[1]Watts, Watts & Co. Ltd. (Britain Steamship Co.), London
SS Tottenham ? [+1911]
period 1904 ~ 1911
IMO/Off. no.: 112827
prev. owners
[2]Harris & Dixon - Century Shipping Co.- Brinkburn S.S. Co. - Cornhill S.S. Co. - Lunsford S.S. Co., London
SS Brinkburn
period 1904 ~ 1904
IMO/Off. no.: 112827
[3]Watts, Watts & Co. Ltd. (Britain Steamship Co.), London
SS Tottenham
period 1901 ~ 1904
IMO/Off. no.: 112827
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Allen Tony10/11/2010Tottenham SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 4,494 tons built in 1901 by Ropner & Sons, Stocton as the TOTTENHAM SS for the Britain S.S.Co Ltd (Watts, Watts), London. In 1904 she was renamed BRINKBURN SS and later in 1904 she was renamed TOTTENHAM SS for Watts, Watts & Co.

On the 2nd February 1911 she ran aground and was wrecked SW Juan de Nova Island, Mozambique Channel we on route from Delagoa Ba for Calcutta in ballast.
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About Owners
Watts, Watts & Co. Ltd. (Britain Steamship Co.), London

Britain Steamship Co was formed in London in 1884 by Watts, Ward & Co. In 1896 Mr Ward died and the management was renamed Watts, Watts & Co. The company expanded quickly and by 1914 was operating 20 vessels in worldwide tramping. Fourteen vessels were lost to enemy action during the Great War but by 1920 the fleet was back to the pre war level of 20 ships. The company lost ten ships during the second world war and by 1945 owned only six ships. Edmund Watts died in 1962 and the ships were gradually sold off, the last two in 1967. In 1968 the Britain SS Co was sold to Bibby Line.

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About Builders
 Ropner & Sons Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
In 1888 Robert Ropner purchased the four-berth yard from Pearse, lockwood & Co. The shipyard was to be run by his son William who had been learning the business with Richardson Duck across the river. By the end of 1889 the yard had built 4 steamers for his company, all in steel, namely: "Maltby" & "Aislaby" both 4,350 ton dwt., "Raisby" 3,300 tons dwt and "Thornaby" 2,600 tons dwt. The total output for the yard in 1889 was 29,000 tons. By 1895 the yard was the third largest in the country with an output of 50,000 tons of shipping. A major innovation for the yard was the building of the first "trunk deck" steamer the "Trunkby", launched on the 21st October 1896 (4,000 tons dwt). This was a revolutionary design patented by Robert Ropner Junior. The yard was to build a total of 44 trunk deck ships. The yard was extended over the years and in 1914 employed some 1,500 people. In 1919 the yard was purchased by a syndicate of London and Cardiff ship owners and re-named Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. (Stockton) Ltd. In Dec. 1922 this company went in to voluntary liquidation. Though ships continued to be built with the "Willowpool" being the last ship built in 1925, with a yard number of 549. The company went in to final liquidation on 7th June 1928.

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Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
Blair & Co. was formed from the engine maker Fossick & Hackworth.
In 1855 George Blair was appointed manager and in the spring of 1865 he was made a partner and the company became Fossick, Blair & Co. when Hackworth retired. Fossick died in 1866 and the company became Blair & Co. Blair was responsible for the expansion of the works to specialise in marine engines.

At this time the company had 700 employees (later to rise to 2,000) and covered an area of seven and a half acres. The first compound marine engine on the Tees was built by Blair's in January 1869 and fitted to the "Glenmore" built by Backhouse & Dixon.

In 1884 the company produced its first triple expansion engine for the "Burgos" built by Richardson Duck. In 1887 the sheerlegs, which were to become a Stockton landmark for many years were errected at a cost of £2,695. These shearlegs were capable of lifting up to 100 tons and were sighted near the river to lift marine engines into newly built ships.

By 1914 almost 1,400 marine engines had been built. At least 340 for Pearse, and later Ropner, 240 for Richardson Duck and 103 for Thomas Turnbull at Whitby. A total of 75 engines were built during the First World War.

The company was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials in 1919.

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