british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Corsham ? [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1918
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weight (tons) 2797  grt
dimensions 95.1 x 13.7 x 6.4 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by Richardson Westgarth & Co, Ltd. Sunderland, two single boilers, single shaft
armament armed merchantship with 4.7 inch gun
power 270  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 288
IMO/Off. no. 142295
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 08/03/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.9rank: 653
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
captain Daniel Mcalister
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depth (m.) 39 max. / 32 min. (m)
orientation 80°
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Racey Carl16/11/2012

Gordon Wadsworth says this is the wreck that the Drogue type Paravane was found on by the York divers when diving from MASIE GRAHAM. An article appeared in a York newspaper asking if anyone knew what is was. (Paravanes where not used before 1917).

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Racey Carl13/03/2009The s.s. CORSHAM was north bound from London to Tyne in a rough sea with a 5-6 easterly wind and squally sleet and snow showers. She was not in convoy but there were several minesweepers and patrol ships in the area. At 2.40 p.m. the master was keeping to the war channel and making 11 knots on a NW heading and off Whitby. A lookout was posted on the bridge and a gunner was on station on the stern but neither saw the torpedo that struck the ship on the starboard side abreast of the No3 hatch.

The ship sank in 3 minutes and there was little time to abandon ship. Of the 26 hands nine died from the effects of exposure and immersion. Twelve men made it to the boat and the rest were picked up from the water by patrol boats.
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Racey Carl19/12/2011Built for Cory Colliers Ltd, London; Torpedoed by UC-40, the torpedo hit the starboard side abreast of the No 3 hatch. The stern went under water almost immediately and she sank stern first; Nine lost, the Captain was among the survivors.
One of ten Cory Colliers involved in the London coal trade, lost off the Yorkshire coast to German U-boats or mines they had laid, the others were: Brentwood, Hurstwood, Harberton, Ocean, Harrow, Sir Francis, Vernon and Highgate. The Deptford was mined off Scarborough in 1915
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Corsham was a 2,760grt defensively-armed British merchant steamer. On the 8 March 1918 when 6 miles ESE from entrance to River Tees, she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a submarine. 9 lives lost.
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About Owners
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London

Cory Colliers (William Cory & Son) Ltd. 52 Mark Lane, London. Originally in the coal trade, became tug operators. Later renamed to Cory Towage Ltd.
About Builders
 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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Richardsons, Westgarth & Co., Middlesbrough
Richardsons, Westgarth Co of Low Street, Sunderland were marine engineers in Hartlepool 1900 – 1982 --- Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool; Commercial Street, Middlesbrough; Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland
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