british Ellerman-Papayanni Line Ltd. SS Mardinian [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI H-class standard cargo ship (br.)
WWI H-class standard cargo ship (br.) Jeanne M. SS [+1940]
propulsion steam
date built 1919
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 2434  grt
dimensions 92.4 x 13.1 x 6.4 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 266  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 303
IMO/Off. no. 140644
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 09/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 659
about people
builder
Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
engine by
Westgarth, English & Co., Middlesbrough
last owner
[1]Ellerman-Papayanni Line Ltd., Liverpool
SS Mardinian [+1940]
period 1937 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 140644
prev. owners
[2]Ellerman Lines Ltd., Liverpool
SS Mardinian
period 1919 ~ 1937
[3]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Lomond
period 1919 ~ 1919
captain Joseph Every
no. of crew 36
about the wreck
depth (m.) 180 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/08/2006
last update Lettens Jan
last update 05/06/2014
 
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Racey Carl06/03/2011A 2,434 ton steam merchant vessel built for Ellerman Lines Ltd., Liverpool in August 1919 by S.P. Austin & Son Ltd., Sunderland. She was laid down as War Almond but completed as Mardinian. Her engine builder was Richardsons, Westgate & Co. Ltd., Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

In 1937 she was transferred to Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd., Liverpool.
During September 1940 she was part of Convoy SC-2 on route from Trinidad to London with 3,500 tons of pitch and under the command of Master Joseph Every.

At 04.47 hours on 9th September 1940 she was struck by a torpedo fired from U-28, commanded by Gunter Kuhnke, and sank after 30 minutes. Her position was about 100 miles north-northwest of Bloody Foreland. Out of a crew of 38 – 6 lost their lives. The master, 19 crew members and one gunner were rescued by the British armed trawler HMS Apollo and landed at Belfast. Ten crew members landed at Leverbugh, South Uist. One crew member was picked up by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Aurania.
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Allen Tony22/02/2009Mardinian SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1919 and formerly called WAR ALMOND. She was 2434 tons and owned by ELLERMAN LINES LTD. ELLERMAN & PAPAYANNI LINES LTD. On the 9th September 1940 when on route from TRINIDAD for METHIL and LONDON carrying 3500 tons of pitch she was torpedoed by U-28 and sunk about 150 miles W of the Hebrides. 6 crew missing from a total crew 38.
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About Builders
 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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