greek Pittas Brothers G. N. & Co. SS Possidon [+1940]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1909
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weight (tons) 3840  grt
dimensions 105.5 x 15.5 x 7 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 2377 nrt
power 274  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 763
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 09/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.17rank: 641
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William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
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[1]Pittas Brothers G. N. & Co.
SS Possidon [+1940]
period 1935 ~ 1940
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prev. owners
[2]Mme Marie & Venizelos K.E., Piraeus
SS Possidon
period 1929 ~ 1935
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[3]Roussos N. P. & Co., Syra (gr.)
SS Possidon
period 1921 ~ 1929
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[4]Gulf Line Ltd.(Furness, Withy & Co.), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
SS Rossano
period 1909 ~ 1921
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depth (m.) 600 max. / -- min. (m)
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Possidon was a Greek cargo steamer of 3,840 tons and built in 1903 and owned by PITTAS BROS & CO, G N. On the 9th September 1940 when on route from NEW ORLEANS for GLASGOW carrying a cargo of 5410 tons of sulphur phosphate she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk. 17 crew lost.
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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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