british John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd. SS Thornlea [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1929
status
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weight (tons) 4261  grt
dimensions 112 x 15.7 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine
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speed 10  knots
yard no. 295
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 02/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 667
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builder
John Priestman & Co. Ltd., Southwick (Sunderland)
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John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
captain
no. of crew 37
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2050 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
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war grave
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entered 29/08/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 24/10/2011
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Thornlea was a British cargo steamer of 4,261 tons and built in 1920 and owned by MORRISON & SON, JOHN. CLIFFSIDE SHIPPING CO LTD. On the 2nd September 1940 when on route from SWANSEA for MONTREAL carrying a cargo of 6400 tons coal she was torpedoed by U-46 and sunk. 3 crew lost from a 37 crew total.
Allen Tony22/11/2011At 10 PM, German submarine U-46 sinks British SS Thornlea 200 miles Northwest of Ireland (3 crew lost). 19 crew are picked up by Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena. Another 14 survivors will be rescued next day by the Norwegian steamer Hild and landed at Sydney, Australia, on 15th September.
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John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

John Morrison started steamship owning in 1871 when he purchased the tramp steamer Ben Lomond from John Laing of Sunderland and over the next few years built up a fleet of eight ships. By the outbreak of the Great War, the company had been reduced to three ships. Two of these were lost to enemy action and the third one was sold to Russia. By the end of the war, no ships were owned and the company did not re-enter ship owning until 1922. The company purchased 13 new ships up to 1930 which traded worldwide, but the main trade was from Sweden to South Africa and homewards via West Africa on charter to United Africa Co. By 1939 ten ships were owned but all were lost during the war. After the loss of the Glenlea, the company was wound up.

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