british Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co. SS Counsellor [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1926
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weight (tons) 5068  grt
dimensions 125 x 15.8 x 8.5 m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. Triple expansion engine, four boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 464  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 406
IMO/Off. no. 149596
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cause lost mine
date lost 08/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., Scotstoun
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Rowan David & Co., Glasgow
Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool
complement 68
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Counsellor was a British Steam Cargo ship built in 1926 by C Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow. She was owned by Charente Steamship Co Ltd (Thos & Jas Harrison (Harrison Line), Liverpool) and was on route from New Orleans to Liverpool via Halifax in Convoy HX-22 carrying a cargo of general cargo including cotton. She was Captained by Capt. Harold Coates when she hit a mine laid by U-30. The complement of 70 crew were saved.

The ship sailed in convoy HX-22 (35 ships). The Master and Commodore Rear Admiral H.G.C. Franklin, RN, crew of 69 and 7 naval staff were rescued by HM destroyer Walpole (F.150) (Lt. C.H.G. Bowerman) and landed at Liverpool. The vessel sank on the 9 March, at 53.37.44N-03.23.06W The mine field was laid on 6 January 1940 in Grid AM 9324 by U-30. The U-boat started laying this bar rier at 23:00 CET (12 mines). Other ships that struck a mine in that barrier were El Oso, Gracia, Cairnross, Munster and Chagres. Technical Data: General cargo vessel; Steam - single screw; 5,068 GRT - 8,030 DWT; 409´ x 52´6" x 24´11"; Service speed 12 knots;
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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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