british Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd. SS Truro [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
status
unknown
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weight (tons) 974  grt
dimensions 69.5 x 10.4 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, 1 screw
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yard no. 459
IMO/Off. no. 146434
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons gunfire - shelled
date lost 15/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Duthie J. - John Duthie, Sons & Co. - Torry Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Aberdeen
owner
Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull
captain Master John Charles Egner
no. of crew 20
about the wreck
depth (m.) 80 max. / -- min. (m)
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Truro was a British cargo steamer of 974 tons built in 1922. On the 15th September 1939 when on route from HULL and TYNE for TRONDHEIM carrying a cargo of 150 tons general cargo and 500 tons coal and 150 tons nickel & copper she was torpedoed by U-36 and sunk by gunfire.
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Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull

The Wilson Line of Hull, 1840-1916 - Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co. - A private firm that operated a major fleet while remaining entirely family owned. Entering the steam shipping business in the early 1850s, the firm experienced rapid growth through the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. Though the dynamic expansion of the fleet slackened off in the 1890s, the Wilson Line entered the 20th century with a capital stock of over 100 steamers with an aggregate tonnage of almost 120,000 tons. The Times referred to the Wilson Line as the “largest privately-owned shipping line in the world”. The scale of the company was also impressive from a local perspective. From the early 1890s down to the Great War, the Wilson Line owned at least half of the tonnage registered in the port of Hull. In October 1916, the Wilsons sold their “business unique” to Ellerman Lines Ltd for some £4.3m. which then became Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd - - - John Ellerman was born on Anlaby Road, Hull in 1862. He was the son of a German corn merchant who had come to the city from Hamburg in 1850.
His father died when John was 9-years-old, and left him a legacy of £600. His mother came from Birmingham and John moved to the city to start a career as an accountant. After passing his exams he moved to London and set up his own accountancy practice.
He began his business empire in 1892 when he put together a consortium to buy up an ailing shipping company. He sold on the company a few years later to the American financier JP Morgan, at a considerable profit. Spurred on by this success, Ellerman began to snap up other shipping lines.
He was awarded a baronetcy in 1905, for his support in providing the government with ships during the Boer War.
In 1916 Ellerman acquired the Hull based Wilson Line, once the world’s largest privately owned fleet
Sir John Ellerman died in 1933. He left over £36 million in his will, over £10 billion in today’s values.

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 Duthie J. - John Duthie, Sons & Co. - Torry Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Aberdeen
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