greek SS Dimitris [+1940]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1911
weight (tons) 5253  grt
dimensions 125 x 16.5 x 8.5 m
engine 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 3246 nrt
power 339  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 783
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 26/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
engine by
Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
last owner
[1]S. A. Lemos & P. A. Lemos, Chios
SS Dimitris [+1940]
period 1940 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Christensen Jacob, Bergen
SS August
period 1930 ~ 1940
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[3]Christensen Jacob, Bergen
SS York County
period 1929 ~ 1930
[4]Christensen Jacob, Bergen
SS August
period 1911 ~ 1929
about the wreck
depth (m.) 4500 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/08/2006
last update Siert Ingo
last update 01/01/2013
[1] Allen Tony26/06/2007
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Allen Tony26/06/2009Dimitris was a Greek Cargo Steamer of 5253 tons and built in 1911 by Gray, West Hartlepool, England as the AUGUST SS a Norwegian cargo steamer for J. Christensen, Bergen, Norway. In 1929 she was renamed YORK COUNTY and in 1930 AUGUST. Finally in 1940 she was renamed DIMITRIS SS for new Greek owners, S. A. & P. A. Lemos.

When on route from VILLA CONSTITUCION for LIVERPOOL carrying a cargo of 9028 tons cereals she was captured by German submarine U-29 and sunk by gunfire. All the crew 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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