finnish SS Sarmatia [+1940]
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general
nationality finnish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1901
status
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details
weight (tons) 2417  grt
dimensions 95.3 x 13.2 x -- m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. Triple expansion, single shaft, 1 screw
power  
speed knots
yard no. 631
IMO/Off. no. 3239
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
last owner
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 950 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/08/2006
last update Jordan Roger
last update 22/06/2013
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Sarmatia was a Finnish Cargo Steamer of 2.417 tons and built in 1901 and owned by SEPPINEN & KEMPPI O/Y . O/Y SARMATIA. On the 18th June 1940 when on route from LIVERPOOL for SHEET HARBOUR in ballast she was torpedoed by U-28 and sunk. All the crew 23 were saved.
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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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