british SS Leo Dawson [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
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weight (tons) 4330  grt
dimensions 110.7 x 15.5 x 8 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 377 
speed knots
yard no. 194
IMO/Off. no. 140712
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 04/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.35rank: 612
about people
Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
last owner
[1]Beverley Steamship Co. Ltd. - F. L. Dawson, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Leo Dawson [+1940]
period 1936 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 140712
prev. owners
[2]Stephens, Sutton & Stephens - Red R Steamship Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Roseden
period 1918 ~ 1936
IMO/Off. no.: 140712
captain Charles Edwin Underswood
no. of crew 35
about the wreck
depth (m.) 116 max. / 104 min. (m)
orientation 170°
war grave
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered 06/05/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 13/10/2014
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Allen Tony10/10/2007Leo Dawson SS was a British Steam Merchantship that was built in 1916. She was formerly called the ROSEDEN in 1936. The vessel was owned by DAWSON, F L. BEVERLEY STEAMSHIP CO LTD. She was on route carrying iro ore from NARVIK 29 JAN 40 for IMMINGHAM when she was torpedoed by U-37. All 35 crew were lost.
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About Builders
 Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
The site of the Blyth yard has a long and illustrious history. It has been occupied by a number of different companies, and has produced a wide range of vessels; from small wooden sailing ships to cargo-liners to large tankers. In 1811 shipbuilding began on this site on the south bank of the river Blyth. This area is known today as Wimborne Quay. In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government. In 1883 the yard was turned into a limited liability company Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd. The fifth ship built by the yard was for Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle. Daniel Stephens was the senior partner and he eventually became Director and then Chairman of the Blyth Shipbuilding yard. Between 1920-25 the yard built seven colliers, four 'corrugated' tramps which were notable because they had two or three horizontal bulges running along the hull. These gave a better flow of water to the propeller, making the ship faster. In 1924/5 the yard built a number of 'Arch-decker' colliers, designed by Ayre and Ballard. This design was different because the upper deck was arched from stern to stern. The longitudinal arch gave extra strength so that long, unobstructed holds as stringers and hold pillars were unnecessary. The yard manufactured seven of these types of vessel. In1925 Daniel Stephens died aged 80. The yard closed in May due to the collapse of the freight market. A receiver was appointed. In 1926 Robert Stanley Dalgleish, a Newcastle shipowner purchased the yard in November. The yard's name was changed to Cowpen Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. the yard was amalgamated with Ritson's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.

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