british Rankin, Gilmour & Co - Saint Line - British & Foreign S.S. SS Saint Dunstan [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI F-class standard cargo ship (br.)
WWI F-class standard cargo ship (br.) Koranton SS (+1941)
propulsion steam
date built 1919
is nickname no
live live
weight (tons) 5681  grt
dimensions 126 x 16.2 x 10 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
armament armed merchant ship [*]
power 597  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 272
IMO/Off. no. 140635
call sign
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 24/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 645
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Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Rankin, Gilmour & Co - Saint Line - British & Foreign S.S., Liverpool
SS Saint Dunstan [+1940]
period 1919 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 140635
call sign: 
prev. owners
[2]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Keep
period 1919 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 140635
captain Cookes Thomas Gordon
complement [*]
no. of crew 63
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entered 22/04/2006
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 27/03/2013

[*] means that the value was inherited from Koranton SS (+1941), the reference for WWI F-class standard cargo ship (br.).
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Saint Dunstan was a British cargo steamer of 5681 tons and built in 1919 and owned by MITCHELL, COTTS & CO LTD. SAINT LINE LTD. She was formerly called WAR KEEP in 1919. On the 24th August 1940 when on route from GLASGOW for BALTIMORE in ballast whe was torpedoed by U-57 and sunk. 14 crew lost from a total crew of 63.
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About Owners
Rankin, Gilmour & Co - Saint Line - British & Foreign S.S., Liverpool

Sir William Dingwall Mitchell Cotts (1871-1932) was involved in shipowning, collieries and national politics in the UK. He was the owner of many lines. He owned the Saint Line, Sun Shipping, British & Foreign S.S. Co.

Below is the history of the Saint Line Ltd., acquired in 1935.

Saint Line Ltd. originated in 1804 from Pollok, Gilmour & Co. of 1804.

In 1861 being placed under Rankin, Gilmour & Co. using a "Saint" nomenclature and operating as the British & Foreign S.S. Co. Ltd.

Renamed in 1919 to Saint Line Ltd.

In 1934 shifted from Liverpool to London.

Shortly after coming under Mitchell Cotts & Co. Ltd.

Saint Line Ltd. ceased to exist in 1962.

Remark: there has been another Sun Shipping company, owned by Alexander Robert (the owner of the original Hall Line), but this company operated much earlier than this one.

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 Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne
Harry S. Edwards built a shipyard at Howdon-on-Tyne in 1883. Some 75 ships were made here up to 1898. The Northumberland Shipbuilding Co of Howdon-on-Tyne, was formed in 1898 at the Howden yard. Shortly afterwards Managing Director, Rowland Hodge, undertook to build a standardized steamship of a design to suit the requirements of the majority of ship owners. In 1906, "The Shipbuilder" reported that the yard had produced the largest number of steamers ever built off one model; 46 ships in total. 1918 The Furness Group sold the yard to new owners led by R. A. Workman of Workman, Clark and Co Belfast who were associated with Sperling & Company, London Merchant Bankers. Sperling and Company used the Northumberland company to create a shipbuilding combine; the largest in Britain under Sir Alex Kennedy. As a public company, The Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd acquired majority holdings in William Doxford and Sons of Sunderland, followed by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co of Govan; Workman, Clark and Co of Belfast; Blythswood Shipbuilding Co; Monmouth Shipbuilding Co and the Lancashire Iron and Steel Co. The yard continued to build tramps for British and overseas owners. In 1926 the yard was idle and a receiver was appointed. In 1927 a new company was formed – Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. (1927) Ltd and the yard re-opened. With seven berths and the capacity to build ships up to 600 feet in length, it went on to complete18 tramps between 1928 –1930. In addition some coasters were also built for Coast Line. In 1930 the Briarwood was the last ship to be launched by the yard on 27th May and after her completion in July of the same year, the yard was sold to National Shipbuilders Security Ltd and later dismantled. 343 ships had been built by the yard under the Northumberland name and a further 75 under the Harry S. Edwards name.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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