british Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co. SS Astronomer [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
status
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weight (tons) 8401  grt
dimensions 153 x 17.8 x 10.1 m
engine Quadruple expansion engine, four boilers, single screw.
power 696  n.h.p.
speed 13.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 02/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 660
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builder
Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
owner
Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool
captain Capt. John James Egerton
complement 48
no. of crew 57
about the wreck
depth (m.) 115 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 35°
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entered 24/04/2006
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Allen Tony21/04/2008Astronomer HMS was built in 1917 - D & W Henderson & Co Ltd, Partick, Glasgow (Yard number 494) and owned by HARRISON, THOS & JAS. CHARENTE STEAMSHIP CO LTD. Powered by steam quadruple expansion - single screw of 700nhp, giving 13.5 knots. She was requisioned on government service as a boom defence carrier from Rosyth to Scapa Flow. She carried 48 naval officers and ratings and a cargo of 2 to 3000 tons of naval stores and was Captained by John James Egerton.

She was torpedoed by U-58 and sunk. 4 dead from a complement of 105 officers and ratings. The Master, 51 crew, 1 gunner and 48 naval officers and ratings were rescued by the trawlers HMS Stoke City (FY.232) (Lt-Cdr N.C.H. Scallan) and HMS Leicester City (FY.223) (Lt. A.R. Cornish) and landed at Rosyth.
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Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool

Thomas & James Harrison was founded when George Brown died in 1853, both brothers taking over the company. In 1871 the Charente Steamship Company was established to take on the ownership of the ships with Thos. & Jas. Harrison as managers. Owned over 70 ships before WWI, of which 27 were lost during WWI. Harrisons lost 30 out of 46 ships in WWII.
 
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 Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893. - Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

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