british SS Harpalyce [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1940
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 5169  grt
dimensions 133.2 x 18 x 7.6 m
engine triple expansion engines
power 470  n.h.p.
yard no. 283
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.37rank: 611
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Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
Gowland Steamship Co. Ltd.
no. of crew 42
about the wreck
depth (m.) 134 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 19/04/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 23/11/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony01/03/2008Harpalyce SS was built in 1940. She was a British Merchant freighter of 5,169 tons carrying a cargo of 8000 tons of steel from Baltimore and Halifax for Hull in Convoy HX-65A when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-124 without warning and sunk 23 miles North of the Butt of Lewis, Hebrides. 37 of the 42 crew were lost.
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About Builders
 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
The 'Bartram' shipbuilding business was started in 1837 at Hylton by George Bartram. Later he formed a partnership George Bartram & John Lister which lasted till 1854. Following the partnership dissolution, George Bartram was on his own at Hylton, trading as 'George Bartram & Sons'.

George Bartram............. 1837 to 18?? (South Hylton)
Bartram & Lister ............ 18?? to 1854 (South Hylton)
George Bartram & Sons. 1854 to 1871 (South Hylton)
Bertram, Haswell & Co... 1871 to 1894 (South Dock)
Bartram & Sons Ltd........ 1894 to 1967 (South Dock)

George Bartram opened his yard at Hylton in 1837. The business moved to South Dock in 1871, and was the only firm to launch ships directly into the North Sea. The company was taken over by Austin & Pickersgill in 1967. The yard closed in 1978.

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