british Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.) SS Runswick [+1918]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1904
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 3060  grt
dimensions 103.6 x 14.9 x 6.7 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, 2 boilers
armament armed merchantship, 1 x 3" HA gun.
power 299  h.p.
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yard no. 688
IMO/Off. no. 118471
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/04/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
engine by
Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
last owner
[1]Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
SS Runswick [+1918]
period 1917 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 118471
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[2]Pyman Bros. - London & Northern S.S. Co., London
SS Runswick
period 1904 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 118471
captain
no. of crew 33
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) 22 max. / 17 min. (m)
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protected
war grave
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entered 27/06/2006
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last update 01/09/2011
 
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Wk is broken in two sections. Stands 5 metres high in 22 metres.

Atlantic Scuba08/01/2008

The wreck is well broken. Two boilers, one standing on its end. It lies on the islands known as the Quies, depths from 22 to 6m where the anchor chains lie. Anyone thinking of diving the Runswick should do at slack water only, very strong currents between the islands.
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Lettens Jan01/09/2011SS Runswick, built by W. Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool in 1904 and owned at the time of her loss by St. Just SS. Co. Ltd. (W. R. Smith & Sons), London, was a British steamer of 3060 tons.

On April 18th, 1918, Runswick, en route from Newport with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UB-109 (Kurt Ramien), 3 miles north of Trevose Head. There were no casualties.
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Allen Tony23/08/2007Runswick was a 3.060 grt defensively-armed British Merchant Steamer. On the 18th April 1918 when 3 miles North from Trevose Head, Cornwall, she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a submarine.
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About Owners
 
Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff

Reardon Smith founded his own company in 1905, Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, based in Cardiff.

The company owned the St Just Steamship Company, Leeds Shipping Company and Cornborough Shipping Line and W.R. Smith and Instow Steamship Co. Ltd..
 
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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