british Redcroft Steam Navigation Co. - Lewis Lougher & Co. SS Poldown [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1904
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weight (tons) 1370  grt
dimensions 69.95 x 10.67 x 6.63 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion engine, single boiler, single screw.
armament armed merchantship
power 142  n.h.p.
speed 8.5  knots
yard no. 45
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 09/10/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.18rank: 638
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builder
Fevigs Jernskibsbyggeri, Fevig
engine by
Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
owner
Redcroft Steam Navigation Co. - Lewis Lougher & Co., Cardiff
captain Joseph Kipling Watson
no. of crew 24
about the wreck
depth (m.) 35 max. / -- min. (m)
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war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 12/10/2005
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 15/12/2011
 
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[1] Hutchinson Steve26/03/2012
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Sank 2 miles WSW from Trevose Head, Cornwall. Wk lies in 35 metres. Lots of shell cases to be seen.

Lettens Jan04/04/2013

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Hutchinson Steve13/12/2010

Bows sit about 10-15m in front but seperated from main wreckage, consistant with the mine blowing off the bow. From this point to boiler fairly flattened but collapsed generally within footprint of the hull. Winches and davits to be seen. Highest point is the boiler. Hull from behind boiler has fallen to the port side and encloses the engine. It is possible to swim inside from a break by the engine for about 20m astern.

Stern has broken off and lies on its port side , propellor in place. Gun lies off to port side together with plating and other bits of debris
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Lettens Jan20/08/2011SS Poldown, built by Fevigs Jernskibsbyg., Fevig in 1904 and owned at the time of her loss by The Shipping Controller (L. Lougher & Co.), London, was a British steamer of 1370 tons.

On October 9th, 1917, Poldown, on a voyage from Penarth to Boulogne with a cargo of coal, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-51 (Hans Galster), 2 miles WSW of Trevose Head. 18 persons were lost.
Allen Tony04/11/2007Poldown SS was a 1,370 grt defensively armed British Merchant steamer. She was formerly called PELLWORM and HAUK. On October 9th 1917 when on route from Penarth for Boulogne she hit a mine and sank when 2 miles WSW from Trevose Head, Cornwall. 18 were killed, including the Captain. Owned by Lougher & Co, Cardiff.
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 Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Richardsons, Westgarth Co of Low Street, Sunderland were marine engineers in Hartlepool 1900 – 1982 --- Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesbrough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland
 
 
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