british Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping) SS Pikepool [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1909
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 3683  grt
dimensions 105.5 x 15.5 x 7.3 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine by Blair & Co. Engine serial No. 1659.
power 301  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 448
IMO/Off. no. 127453
call sign
GQSN  
GQSN
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 22/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.17rank: 639
about people
builder
Ropner & Sons Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
engine by
Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
owner
Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
captain Atkinson J B
no. of crew 31
no. of passengers 1
about the wreck
status well preserved
depth (m.) 58 max. / 46 min. (m)
orientation 90°
position on seabed upright
protected no
war grave
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entered 23/04/2006
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Allen Tony26/02/2008Pikepool SS was a British Cargo Merchant Steamer of 3,683 tons built in 1909 by Ropner & Son, Stockton who owned the vessel. On the 22nd November 1940 she hit a mine and sank when 23 miles ESE of the Smalls Light, Pembrokeshire on a voyage from Glasgow to Barry in ballast.
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About Owners
 
Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)

Lloyd's reference: 416
Founded in 1874 by Robert Ropner of Hartlepool, the company operated one of the largest fleets of tramp ships under the British flag. The principal business of the two companies which came under Sir R. Ropner & Co., were the Pool Shipping Co. and Ropner Shipping Co.
In 1946 a regular passenger / cargo service was started between Gulf of Mexico ports and the UK - Continent, originally from New Orleans and Houston to London and Bremen. Later the Continental calls were omitted with Liverpool, London and Manchester becoming the chief ports and occasional calls at Dublin and Glasgow. By 1954 the main ports in the Gulf were Mobile, New Orleans, Galveston, Houston, Tampa and Miami. This service continued until 1956 when it was discontinued due to strong competition from U.S. flagged ships. The ships were put to tramping and the passenger accommodation closed.
In 1997 the company was taken over by Jacobs Holdings Plc and still operates.

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About Builders
 Ropner & Sons Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
In 1888 Robert Ropner purchased the four-berth yard from Pearse, lockwood & Co. The shipyard was to be run by his son William who had been learning the business with Richardson Duck across the river. By the end of 1889 the yard had built 4 steamers for his company, all in steel, namely: "Maltby" & "Aislaby" both 4,350 ton dwt., "Raisby" 3,300 tons dwt and "Thornaby" 2,600 tons dwt. The total output for the yard in 1889 was 29,000 tons. By 1895 the yard was the third largest in the country with an output of 50,000 tons of shipping. A major innovation for the yard was the building of the first "trunk deck" steamer the "Trunkby", launched on the 21st October 1896 (4,000 tons dwt). This was a revolutionary design patented by Robert Ropner Junior. The yard was to build a total of 44 trunk deck ships. The yard was extended over the years and in 1914 employed some 1,500 people. In 1919 the yard was purchased by a syndicate of London and Cardiff ship owners and re-named Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. (Stockton) Ltd. In Dec. 1922 this company went in to voluntary liquidation. Though ships continued to be built with the "Willowpool" being the last ship built in 1925, with a yard number of 549. The company went in to final liquidation on 7th June 1928.

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Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
Blair & Co. was formed from the engine maker Fossick & Hackworth.
In 1855 George Blair was appointed manager and in the spring of 1865 he was made a partner and the company became Fossick, Blair & Co. when Hackworth retired. Fossick died in 1866 and the company became Blair & Co. Blair was responsible for the expansion of the works to specialise in marine engines.

At this time the company had 700 employees (later to rise to 2,000) and covered an area of seven and a half acres. The first compound marine engine on the Tees was built by Blair's in January 1869 and fitted to the "Glenmore" built by Backhouse & Dixon.

In 1884 the company produced its first triple expansion engine for the "Burgos" built by Richardson Duck. In 1887 the sheerlegs, which were to become a Stockton landmark for many years were errected at a cost of £2,695. These shearlegs were capable of lifting up to 100 tons and were sighted near the river to lift marine engines into newly built ships.

By 1914 almost 1,400 marine engines had been built. At least 340 for Pearse, and later Ropner, 240 for Richardson Duck and 103 for Thomas Turnbull at Whitby. A total of 75 engines were built during the First World War.

The company was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials in 1919.

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