british Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd., Houlder Line, Empire Steam Nav, Empire Transport SS Royston Grange [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI B-class standard cargo ship (br.)
WWI B-class standard cargo ship (br.) Balzac SS (+1941)
propulsion steam
date built 1918
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 5144  grt
dimensions 125.8 x 15.8 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 518  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 498
IMO/Off. no. 142410
call sign
GMBW  
GMBW
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Helsingors Jernskibs Og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Helsingør (Elsinore - Helsingor)
engine by
[1] Helsingors Jernskibs Og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Helsingør (Elsinore - Helsingor)
[2] Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
last owner
[1]Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd., Houlder Line, Empire Steam Nav, Empire Transport, London
SS Royston Grange [+1939]
period 1935 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 142410
call sign: 
GMBW
prev. owners
[2]Arthur Holland & Co. - Buenos Ayres, Great Southern Railway Co., London
SS Salado
period 1926 ~ 1935
IMO/Off. no.: 142410
[3]Lloyd Royal Belge, Antwerpen
SS Australier
period 1919 ~ 1926
[4]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Bison
period 1919 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 142410
captain Arthur George Phelps-Mead
about the wreck
depth (m.) 150 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/08/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 20/04/2013
 
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Allen Tony19/01/2009Royston Grange SS was a British Merchant Steamer built in 1918 as the War Bison for the Shipping Controller, managed by Rankin, Gilmour & Co, London. In 1919 she was renamed Australier and purchased by Lloyd Royal Belge, Antwerp. In 1926 she was renamed Salado and purchased by Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway Co. (A. Holland & Co.) London. In 1935 she was by HOULDER BROTHERS & CO LTD , HOULDER LINE LTD and renamed ROYSTON GRANGE SS.

On the 25th November 1939 when on route from BUENOS AIRES for LIVERPOOL carrying a general cargo and grain she was torpedoed by German submarine U-28 and sunk in the Western Approaches when on passage from Buenos Aires to Liverpool.
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Claes Johnny10/10/200718-19 WAR BISON The Shipping Controller (Rankin, Gilmour & C°, mgrs), London Br/ 19-26 AUSTRALIER Lloyd Royal Belge S.A., Antwerp Be/ 4.12.1926 sold 26-35 SALADO Buenos Ayres, Great Southern Railway C° Ltd, (A. Holland & C°, Ltd) London Br/ 35-39 ROYSTON GRANGE Houlder Line Ltd (Houlder Bros & C° Ltd., mgrs) London Br/ 25.11.1939 at 13.19 T/S Atlantic in pos.

49°15´N-09°00´W, in convoy SL 8B by U 28 (KL Günter Kuhnke) o/v Buenos Aires-Freetown-Liverpool, grain & general cargo. Master Arthur George Phelps-Mead and crew picked up by British trawler ROMILLY and landed at Swansea.

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About Owners
 
Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd., Houlder Line, Empire Steam Nav, Empire Transport, London

Houlder Brothers & Co., Ltd., 146 Leadenhall Street, London
 
About Builders
 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.



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