british Witherington & Everett SS Co. - Hill S.S. Co. Ltd. - John George Hill SS Co. SS Lightfoot [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1916
live live
weight (tons) 1875  grt
dimensions 81.7 x 11.6 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion, 2 boilers, single shaft
power 199  n.h.p.
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 16/03/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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John Crown & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
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[1]Witherington & Everett SS Co. - Hill S.S. Co. Ltd. - John George Hill SS Co., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Lightfoot [+1918]
period --- ~ 1918
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[2]Wandsworth & Putney Gas Light & Coke Company, London
SS Lightfoot [+1918]
period 1916 ~ ---
about the wreck
depth (m.) 30 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 12/10/2005
last update Jan Lettens
last update 13/02/2011
[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens06/08/2007

Wk is in 30 metres. The vessel two boilers stand side by side over a well broken are of wreckage. The engine has been blown on its side exposing the pistons and crank. The Propellor shaft tunnel lays on coarse gravel and sand, leading to the stern.

Jan Lettens01/10/2009

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Allen Tony16/03/2008Lightfoot, Built in 1916 by Wandsworth & Wimbleton for the Rapsom Gas Co. A Coal carrying steamship of 1875 ton, Dimensions: 268x37.9x17.6 feet. Powered: Triple expansion engine 199 nhp. Vessel was in ballast whilst on a voyage from London to Barry and was torpedoed by a German submarine 2 miles from the Owers Light Vessel in the English Channel.
Racey Carl23/10/2009On 31st Aug 1917 the UB-30 sank the Cory Collier VERNON 982 gt/b1878, 22 miles SE x S from Sprun Point, transporting coal from Seaham Harbour to London.

On 3rd Jan 1918 sank the GARTLAND (ex-Trewidden) 2613 gt/b1892, 5 miles ESE from Owers L/v, English Channel, transporting coal from Tyne to Gibralter, 2 lives lost;

5th Jan1918 GLENARM HEAD 3908 gt/b 1897, 5 miles SW by S from Brighton L/v;

12th Jan 1918 s.s. WHORLTON 1469 gt/b 1907, near Owers L/v;

2nd Feb1918 s.s. JAFFA 1383 gt/b1897 (Wilson Line of Hull) 3 miles E by S from Owers L/v, 10 lives lost;

16th March 1918 s.s. LIGHTFOOT 1873 gt/b 1916, 2 miles S from Owers L/v. Sinkings by UB-30 off the Yorkshire coast:-

3th Sept 1917 - s.s. RAGNHILD

26th Sept 1917 - s.s. SNA III

18th June 1918 - s.s. NORFOLK COAST, all in Bridlington Bay.

On 10th August 1918 - s.s. MADAME RENEE in North Bay, Scarborough.

On 13th August the UB-30 was depth charged and sunk by the armed trawler JOHN GILLMAN while attacking Whitby Fishing boats. All 26 crew lost.
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Witherington & Everett SS Co. - Hill S.S. Co. Ltd. - John George Hill SS Co., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Witherington & Everett SS Co. also known as John George Hill SS Co from Newcastle.
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