british Hunting & Son Ltd. - Northern Petroleum Tank S.S. - Filed Tank S.S. - Hunting S.S. MV Sylvafield [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1925
status
live live
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weight (tons) 5709  grt
dimensions 120.4 x 15.9 x -- m
engine 1 diesel engine
power  
speed 10  knots
yard no. 693
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 15/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 666
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builder
Laing James & Sons Ltd. (Sir James Laing & Sons), Sunderland
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Hunting & Son Ltd. - Northern Petroleum Tank S.S. - Filed Tank S.S. - Hunting S.S., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
captain
no. of crew 39
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2475 max. / -- min. (m)
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war grave
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entered 20/04/2006
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last update 14/09/2011
 
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Allen Tony15/08/2008Sylvafield MV was a British Motor Tanker of 5,709 tons. She was owned by HUNTING & SON LTD. NORTHERN PETROLEUM TANK STEAM SHIP CO LTD and built in 1925.

She was on route from CURACAO for CLYDE with a cargo of 7,860 tons of fuel oil when torpedoed by German submarine U-51 and sunk. 3 crew missing from a total crew 39.

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About Builders
 Laing James & Sons Ltd. (Sir James Laing & Sons), Sunderland
Philip Laing started his own yard in 1818 at Deptford. In 1844 James Laing took control of the Deptford yard. In 1849 Philip Laing, James Laing's son, joined the family firm. In 1853 James Laing was the first Wear shipbuilder to build an iron steam ship. James Laing Junior joined the family firm. By 1865 the Laing family were shipowners as well as builders. In 1871 Hugh Laing, son of James Laing Snr, joined the family business and became a Director of the yard. In 1898 the company was renamed Sir James Laing and Sons. During WWI the yard had five building berths and a graving dock arranged around the the inner side of the bend of the river at Deptford. It had the highest tonnage of any Wear yard between 1914-18 with 18 ships of 109,924 tons as well as six small naval craft. In WWII World the Deptford yard produced 41 ships, 32 of which were tankers between 1939 and 1946. Private orders were also manufactured along with eight tramps. There were five building berths operating at the end of the war. The Laing yard became the Deptford yard of the Doxford and Sunderland Group in 1966.

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