greek SS Aris [+1939]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1914
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weight (tons) 4810  grt
dimensions 115.8 x 15.2 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine by Blair & Co. Engine serial No. 1791, single shaft, 1 screw
power 385 
yard no. 639
IMO/Off. no. 136936
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about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 12/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
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Richardson, Duck & Co., Thornaby (Stockton-On-Tees)
engine by
Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
last owner
[1]Xylas, Michael M., Piraeus
SS Aris [+1939]
period 1936 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 136936
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prev. owners
[2]Poutous, P. M., Piraeus
SS Michalis Poutous
period 1935 ~ 1936
[3]Counties Ship Management Co. Ltd. - Kulukundis & Rethymnis, London
SS Mount Pindus
period 1932 ~ 1935
[4]Llewellyn Shipping Co. - Thomas W. B. & Co., Cardiff
SS Maindy Grange
period 1922 ~ 1932
IMO/Off. no.: 136936
[5]Jenkins, Richards & Evans, Cardiff
SS Maindy Grange
period 1920 ~ 1922
IMO/Off. no.: 136936
[6]Woolston S.S. Co. Ltd., London
SS Pontwen
period 1919 ~ 1920
IMO/Off. no.: 136936
[7]Jones W. & C. T. & Co. Ltd., Cardiff
SS Pontwen
period 1914 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 136936
about the wreck
depth (m.) 800 max. / -- min. (m)
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[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony24/03/2009Built as Pontwen, 1920 renamed Maindy Grange, 1932 renamed Mount Pindus, 1935 renamed Michalis Poutous, 1936 renamed Aris The Greek steamship Aris SS was shelled and sunk by German submarine U-37 on October 12th, 1939, in the N. Atlantic when on route from Troon for Hampton Roads.
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Allen Tony10/10/2007Aris SS was formerly called in MICHALIS POUTOUS in 1936. She was built in 1914 and was owned by MICHAEL M XYLAS. When on route from TROON for HAMPTON ROADS in ballast she was torpedoed by U-37 and sunk. 2 crew lost.
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About Builders
 Richardson, Duck & Co., Thornaby (Stockton-On-Tees)
Twenty-four year old Joseph Richardson and George N. Duck formed the company Richardson Duck late in 1854. In the period up to 1865 the yard built a total of 50 screw steamers, one paddle steamer, 10 sailing ships and 29 barges. the first steel ships built on the Tees were launched from this yard in 1859. Over the years the yard took over numerous other yards on the Tees until 1865 when it amalgamated with the engine builder Thomas Richardson and the shipbuilder Denton Gray, both of Hartlepool, forming Richardson, Denton, Duck & Co. though a year later split back in to its constituent parts. Over the period 1870-72 output of the yard averaged 10,000 tons per annum. By 1882 this had risen to 21,000 tons. In 1909 the company was put on the Admiralty List. The yard was busy throughout the first world War, building, amongst others , two Flower class sloops. During the 1920s the company suffered a fall in orders and went in to liquidation in 1925.

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Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
Blair & Co. was formed from the engine maker Fossick & Hackworth.
In 1855 George Blair was appointed manager and in the spring of 1865 he was made a partner and the company became Fossick, Blair & Co. when Hackworth retired. Fossick died in 1866 and the company became Blair & Co. Blair was responsible for the expansion of the works to specialise in marine engines.

At this time the company had 700 employees (later to rise to 2,000) and covered an area of seven and a half acres. The first compound marine engine on the Tees was built by Blair's in January 1869 and fitted to the "Glenmore" built by Backhouse & Dixon.

In 1884 the company produced its first triple expansion engine for the "Burgos" built by Richardson Duck. In 1887 the sheerlegs, which were to become a Stockton landmark for many years were errected at a cost of £2,695. These shearlegs were capable of lifting up to 100 tons and were sighted near the river to lift marine engines into newly built ships.

By 1914 almost 1,400 marine engines had been built. At least 340 for Pearse, and later Ropner, 240 for Richardson Duck and 103 for Thomas Turnbull at Whitby. A total of 75 engines were built during the First World War.

The company was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials in 1919.

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