british Brown, Atkinson & Co. - Sea Steamship Co. SS Chelsea [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1925
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 4804  grt
dimensions 120.7 x 16.1 x 8.3 m
engine 3 cyl triple expansion engine
power 390  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 389
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 30/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.24rank: 630
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Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne
Brown, Atkinson & Co. - Sea Steamship Co., Hull
no. of crew 35
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Chelsea was a British cargo steamer built in 1925 and owned by BROWN, ATKINSON & CO LT, WM. SEA STEAMSHIP CO LTD. On the 30th August 1940 when on route from MONTREAL for METHIL and LONDON carrying a crago of 7600 tons of maize she was torpedoed without warning by U-32 and sunk. 24 crew missing from a total crew 35.
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 Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne
Harry S. Edwards built a shipyard at Howdon-on-Tyne in 1883. Some 75 ships were made here up to 1898. The Northumberland Shipbuilding Co of Howdon-on-Tyne, was formed in 1898 at the Howden yard. Shortly afterwards Managing Director, Rowland Hodge, undertook to build a standardized steamship of a design to suit the requirements of the majority of ship owners. In 1906, "The Shipbuilder" reported that the yard had produced the largest number of steamers ever built off one model; 46 ships in total. 1918 The Furness Group sold the yard to new owners led by R. A. Workman of Workman, Clark and Co Belfast who were associated with Sperling & Company, London Merchant Bankers. Sperling and Company used the Northumberland company to create a shipbuilding combine; the largest in Britain under Sir Alex Kennedy. As a public company, The Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd acquired majority holdings in William Doxford and Sons of Sunderland, followed by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co of Govan; Workman, Clark and Co of Belfast; Blythswood Shipbuilding Co; Monmouth Shipbuilding Co and the Lancashire Iron and Steel Co. The yard continued to build tramps for British and overseas owners. In 1926 the yard was idle and a receiver was appointed. In 1927 a new company was formed – Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. (1927) Ltd and the yard re-opened. With seven berths and the capacity to build ships up to 600 feet in length, it went on to complete18 tramps between 1928 –1930. In addition some coasters were also built for Coast Line. In 1930 the Briarwood was the last ship to be launched by the yard on 27th May and after her completion in July of the same year, the yard was sold to National Shipbuilders Security Ltd and later dismantled. 343 ships had been built by the yard under the Northumberland name and a further 75 under the Harry S. Edwards name.

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