british Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. - W.A. Souter - Bamburgh Shipping SS Sheaf Crest [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1924
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dead (not found) dead (not found)
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weight (tons) 2730  grt
dimensions 97.6 x 13.1 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
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yard no. 231
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 30/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
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Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. - W.A. Souter - Bamburgh Shipping, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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depth (m.) 17 max. / -- min. (m)
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Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. - W.A. Souter - Bamburgh Shipping, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

William Souter formed the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co in 1906 in Newcastle. The company initially traded to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Biscay and later to Spain and Morocco. They were also involved in the North Sea collier trade and expanded to world wide tramping between the wars. In 1953 the company branched into tankers and at the end of the 1950s it moved out of deep sea tramping and into the iron ore trade, acquiring bulk carriers from the 1960s. Its subsidiary Bamburgh Shipping Co. Ltd was sold to Ben Line in 1976. The remaining ship management side of the business was taken over by Danish shipbuilders Burmeister & Wain and traded as Souter Hamlet.

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 Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
The site of the Blyth yard has a long and illustrious history. It has been occupied by a number of different companies, and has produced a wide range of vessels; from small wooden sailing ships to cargo-liners to large tankers. In 1811 shipbuilding began on this site on the south bank of the river Blyth. This area is known today as Wimborne Quay. In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government. In 1883 the yard was turned into a limited liability company Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd. The fifth ship built by the yard was for Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle. Daniel Stephens was the senior partner and he eventually became Director and then Chairman of the Blyth Shipbuilding yard. Between 1920-25 the yard built seven colliers, four 'corrugated' tramps which were notable because they had two or three horizontal bulges running along the hull. These gave a better flow of water to the propeller, making the ship faster. In 1924/5 the yard built a number of 'Arch-decker' colliers, designed by Ayre and Ballard. This design was different because the upper deck was arched from stern to stern. The longitudinal arch gave extra strength so that long, unobstructed holds as stringers and hold pillars were unnecessary. The yard manufactured seven of these types of vessel. In1925 Daniel Stephens died aged 80. The yard closed in May due to the collapse of the freight market. A receiver was appointed. In 1926 Robert Stanley Dalgleish, a Newcastle shipowner purchased the yard in November. The yard's name was changed to Cowpen Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. the yard was amalgamated with Ritson's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.

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