british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Firelight [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1896
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 1143  grt
dimensions 71.9 x 9.7 x 4.5 m
engine triple expansion engines, 2 boilers, single shaft
power 180  h.p.
speed  
yard no. 137
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 01/05/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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builder
Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
SS Firelight [+1917]
period 1916 ~ 1917
prev. owners
[2]East London S.S. Co. (H. C. Pelly), London
SS Rookwood
period 1896 ~ 1916
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 36 max. / 26 min. (m)
orientation 45°
protected
war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 18/07/2006
last update Racey Carl
last update 29/01/2012
 
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Allen Tony01/05/2010Firelight SS was a 1.143grt British Merchant ship. On the 1st May 1917 when 1¾ miles East from N. Tyne Pier she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a submarine UC-29 when on route from the TYne for London with a cargo of coal.
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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
 Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
The company was established in 1859 by John Blumer and started wooden shipbuilding in North Sands. By 1864 Blumer moved on to iron steamers. He built a variety of ships ranging from tramps to colliers to coastal packets. His customers ranged from P&O to the Admiralty. In 1914 listed as Iron Ship Builders of North Dock, Sunderland. 14 ships of 48,456 tons were completed during the WWI:- five Admiralty lighters and eight standard WAR "C" types were ordered by the Shipping Controller. Five were completed after the end of the War. From 1915-22 a further 18 ships were built to private order. Scarcity of orders led to closure of the yard after the completion of Ixia in July 1922.

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