italian SS Maria Rosa [+1940]
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nationality italian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1914
is nickname no
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weight (tons) 4211  grt
dimensions 112.8 x 15.5 x 7.9 m
material steel
engine 3 cyl triple exp, single screw.
power 371  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 218
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 29/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.12rank: 649
about people
Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne
last owner
[1]Galli F.
SS Maria Rosa [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]George D. Gratsos Co., Ithaca
SS Triton
period 1925 ~ 1939
[3]Dunlop T. & Sons - Queen Line, Glasgow
SS Queen Alexandra
period 1914 ~ 1925
[4]Drughorn J. F. Ltd. - Fred Drughorn - Noreuro Traders Ltd., London
SS Elfland
period 1914 ~ 1914
no. of crew 12
about the wreck
depth (m.) 30 max. / 19.7 min. (m)
orientation 53°
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 23/04/2006
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 15/01/2014
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Maria Rosa was an Italian steam freighter. She was previously called TRITON in 1939. She was on route from MARSEILLES for HARTLEPOOL in ballast when she was torpedoed by U-20 and sank. 12 crew lost of a total crew 29 were lost.
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About Builders
 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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