british Miller & Richards Ltd. SS Dorisbrook (+1918)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1915
weight (tons) 3431  grt
dimensions 106.2 x 14.8 x 7.1 m
engine triple expansion engines
power 301  n.h.p.
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date lost 09/02/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
Miller & Richards Ltd., Glasgow
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Lettens Jan23/09/2010S/S DORISBROOK

Owned by Miller & Richards but requisioned by the Admiralty. Built in 1915 by J. Blumer & Co.; 3,431 tons; 348.5x48.7x23.3 ft.; 301 n.h.p.; triple expansion engines/

On February 9th, 1918 the British collier Dorisbrook, en route with coal from Barry to Peru, sank after a collision.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan23/09/2010The Dorisbrook was serving as Admiralty collier transport 669 when she was rammed by the Royal Navy's armed merchant cruiser Orbita (1914). The Orbita tried to tow the Dorisbrook to safety but she foundered. All of the Dorisbrook's crew were taken on board the Orbita.

[entry on behalf of Todd Bob]

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 Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
The company was established in 1859 by John Blumer and started wooden shipbuilding in North Sands. By 1864 Blumer moved on to iron steamers. He built a variety of ships ranging from tramps to colliers to coastal packets. His customers ranged from P&O to the Admiralty. In 1914 listed as Iron Ship Builders of North Dock, Sunderland. 14 ships of 48,456 tons were completed during the WWI:- five Admiralty lighters and eight standard WAR "C" types were ordered by the Shipping Controller. Five were completed after the end of the War. From 1915-22 a further 18 ships were built to private order. Scarcity of orders led to closure of the yard after the completion of Ixia in July 1922.

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