british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Whitemantle [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1920
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 1692  grt
dimensions 79.3 x 11.5 x 4.9 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 2 single boilers, 1 screw
power 208  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 220
IMO/Off. no. 145077
call sign
GDTP  
GDTP
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 22/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 644
about people
builder
Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
owner
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
captain
no. of crew 14
about the wreck
depth (m.) 27 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
references
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 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 19/10/2005
last update Racey Carl
last update 31/10/2013
 
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Wk lies in 27 metres. Orientation: E/W

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Racey Carl29/01/2012On 22 October 1939 the London steamer WHITEMANTLE was on passage from Tyne to London when she detonated a German laid mine, foundered and was lost. She was carrying a cargo of coal and a crew of fourteen, all of whom were lost.
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About Owners
 
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London

The Gas Light and Coke Company (GLCC), World’s First Public Supplier of Gas, were formed in 1812, the year of Napoleon’s great retreat from Moscow. In 1868, the GLCC received the Royal Assent to build a gas works along the side of the River Thames between the entrance of the Barking Creek and the Royal Victoria Dock.

Existed from 1812 - 1949. Not sure if the flag is correct. -- NORTH THAMES GAS BOARD from 01/05/49

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About Builders
 Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Wood, Skinner and Co of Bill Quay, Newcastle-on-Tyne --- James Skinner and William Wood opened the Tyne yard with six slipways, in 1883 at Bill Quay. Both of the business partners had experience working for other well-known shipbuilders. Initially the yard built coasters and short-sea traders, largely for Scandinavian companies. In 1897 it incorporated as a limited company. In 1914 the company was listed as shipbuilders and repairers at Bill Quay. The yard also made ships for the Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd of Newcastle. The small steamer Angelus was the first of 30 colliers and short-sea traders to come from the yard. Burnett had a strong working relationship with Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd for 32 years. It only came to an end when Wood, Skinner went into liquidation in 1925. During WW1 the yards output included 12 self trimming colliers, two "Insect" class boats and six WAR 'C' and 'D' ships. Between 1921-25 the yard relied heavily on orders from Gas, Light and Coke Company and Burnett, Sharp and Stephenson, Clarke building a total of 11 ships for them in this period. The yard failed financially in 1925 having built 330 small vessels and maintaining a reputation for building colliers.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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