british SS Coryton [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
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weight (tons) 3000  grt
dimensions 121.3 x 16.2 x 7.6 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 3 boilers
power 423  n.h.p.
yard no. 1009
IMO/Off. no. 148303
about the loss
cause lost air raid
other reasons ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 16/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
about people
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
British Steaming Co., London
captain Evans
no. of crew 28
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depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 130°
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entered 12/09/2006
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last update 22/08/2013
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A light kelp covering hides the remains of superstructure complete with toilets, winches, huge boiler and prop-shaft that are spread over (and under) a sand and shale seabed.

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unknown member12/09/2006The Coryton had returned from North Atlantic convoy to join up with a North Sea convoy heading southward, to Hull. She left the convoy northeast of the Farne Islands when machine-gunned and attacked by German bombers. With a badly holed boat, the ship´s master, Captain Evans, skillfully and successfully negotiated the inside passage, between the Farnes and the mainland choosing to ground the boat in Budle Bay.

Holy Island lifeboat (Milburn) went to the rescue, and also the North Sunderland lifeboat. Initially the captain and crew wouldn’t leave the ship so the two lifeboats came back to Holy Island. Later that day the weather conditions worsened and the two lifeboats went back to the steamer. The seas were starting to break right over her by this time. Captain Evans decided that for safety his crew should leave the ship opting to remain. The two lifeboats headed back to Holy Island ´Milburn´ carrying 27 of the crew, the ´North Sunderland´ boat carrying 12.. Soon after a great storm arose and the boat began to break up, wrecked beyond recovery.. Sadly the body of the captain was found next day washed ashore. He had two lifejackets on...
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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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