british Ellerman City Line Ltd. SS City of Birmingham [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
live live
weight (tons) 5309  grt
dimensions 119.2 x 16.5 x 9.1 m
material steel
engine triple expansion by Central Marine Eng. Works, West Hartlepool, two single boilers & one aux-single boiler with a total of 11 corrugated furnaces, single screw
power 581  n.h.p.
yard no. 881
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cause lost mine
date lost 16/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
Ellerman City Line Ltd., Glasgow
complement 1
no. of crew 79
about the wreck
status broken in two sections
depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility bad
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl26/01/2010Built for Ellerman Lines Ltd, Glasgow; Yard No 881; Vessel sank carrying a cargo of 2,550 tons of copper and tin ingots, also a general cargo of wool, tea, tobacco, canned fruit, asbestos and ammunition. Salvage operations commenced in 1940, and again in 1947-48. By September 1949 almost £2 million of copper and tin had been salvaged by Risdon Beazley; Crew of 79 and 1 Rating, no lives lost.

The CITY OF BIRMINGHAM was lost after detonating a German laid mine whilst on passage to Hull via the North coast of Scotland.

Historical position of loss: 115 deg 5.5 miles from Spurn Point; 2.8 miles E x N of Haile Sand buoy; 53.32.26N/00.15.30E
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Allen Tony26/06/2007City of Birmingham SS was built in 1917. She was reported to have been carrying 2250 tons of copper.
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About Owners
Ellerman City Line Ltd., Glasgow

Originated in 1840 as George Smith & Sons and renamed City Line, In 1901 the company was sold to J. R. Ellerman and became Ellerman's City Line.
About Builders
 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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