british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Deptford [+1915]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1912
status
live live
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weight (tons) 1208  grt
dimensions 70.1 x 10.82 x 4.39 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by G. Clark Ltd. Sunderland, one single boiler, single screw
armament none
power 170  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 164
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 24/02/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 670
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builder
Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
engine by
Clark George Ltd., Sunderland
owner
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
captain J. A. Firth
about the wreck
status well preserved
depth (m.) 30 max. / 37 min. (m)
orientation 20°
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed mud
protected no
war grave no
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 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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Racey Carl15/03/2009Built as the DEPTFORD for William Cory & Son Ltd, London; Yard No 164; Launch Date 14/12/1911; On 24/02/1915 the DEPTFORD was caught in the Scarborough mine fields while carrying Navel coal from Granthan to Chatham; 1 life lost.

A side plate with the CORY flag was recovered from the wreck of the DEPTFORD and later the Engine Makers Plate was recovered inscribed G. Clark Ltd. Sunderland No 954, (Southwick Engine Works). This confirmed her identity.
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Racey Carl06/02/2010At least nine other Cory Colliers involved in the London coal trade where lost off the Yorkshire coast, during WWI, to German U-boats or mines they had laid, these are: Hurstwood, Brentwood, Ocean, Harberton, Vernon, Sir Francis, Harrow, Corsham and Highgate.
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Racey Carl15/03/2009The Board of Trade Enquiry was held on the 5th August 1914 and with little evidence it was concluded that the DEPTFORD was destroyed by the enemy, it was unable to conclude whether the agent of destruction was a mine or a torpedo. She was sunk at 2.55 a.m., one man was lost and the rest of the crew were picked up by the s.s. FULGENS and landed at North Shields. The records do not say how many men formed the crew.

Ron Young.... In recent years it has been established that the light cruiser SMS KOLBERG laid the mine that sank her.
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Allen Tony07/09/2007Deptford SS was a 1,208grt, British Merchant steamer. On the 24th February 1915 when on route from Granton for Chatham she hit a mine and sank when 3 miles off Scarborough, Yorkshire. 1 life lost. Owned by Wm. Cory & Son, Ltd, London.
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Racey Carl22/11/2009The Scarborough Minefield

During the First World War, nothing outraged the people of Yorkshire more than the bombardment of Scarborough by a fleet of German ships in December 1914. Nineteen people were killed and a further eighty were injured. The cry "Remember Scarborough!" was used in recruitment posters, so great was the anger felt.

What was not so clear at the time was that the bombardment was nothing more than a cover for an even greater threat. While the German battle-cruisers DERFFLINGER and VON DER TANN were firing their shells at the town, the light cruiser KOLBERG was engaged in laying, what proved to be, the densest minefield ever known in the history of naval warfare just off Scarborough. ...

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About Owners
 
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London

Cory Colliers (William Cory & Son) Ltd. 52 Mark Lane, London. Originally in the coal trade, became tug operators. Later renamed to Cory Towage Ltd.
 
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 Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
The site of the Blyth yard has a long and illustrious history. It has been occupied by a number of different companies, and has produced a wide range of vessels; from small wooden sailing ships to cargo-liners to large tankers. In 1811 shipbuilding began on this site on the south bank of the river Blyth. This area is known today as Wimborne Quay. In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government. In 1883 the yard was turned into a limited liability company Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd. The fifth ship built by the yard was for Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle. Daniel Stephens was the senior partner and he eventually became Director and then Chairman of the Blyth Shipbuilding yard. Between 1920-25 the yard built seven colliers, four 'corrugated' tramps which were notable because they had two or three horizontal bulges running along the hull. These gave a better flow of water to the propeller, making the ship faster. In 1924/5 the yard built a number of 'Arch-decker' colliers, designed by Ayre and Ballard. This design was different because the upper deck was arched from stern to stern. The longitudinal arch gave extra strength so that long, unobstructed holds as stringers and hold pillars were unnecessary. The yard manufactured seven of these types of vessel. In1925 Daniel Stephens died aged 80. The yard closed in May due to the collapse of the freight market. A receiver was appointed. In 1926 Robert Stanley Dalgleish, a Newcastle shipowner purchased the yard in November. The yard's name was changed to Cowpen Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. the yard was amalgamated with Ritson's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.

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Clark George Ltd., Sunderland
George Clark of Southwick Engine Works, Crown Road, Southwick, Sunderland
 
 
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Racey Carl22/11/2009The Scarborough Minefield

During the First World War, nothing outraged the people of Yorkshire more than the bombardment of Scarborough by a fleet of German ships in December 1914. Nineteen people were killed and a further eighty were injured. The cry "Remember Scarborough!" was used in recruitment posters, so great was the anger felt.

What was not so clear at the time was that the bombardment was nothing more than a cover for an even greater threat. While the German battle-cruisers DERFFLINGER and VON DER TANN were firing their shells at the town, the light cruiser KOLBERG was engaged in laying, what proved to be, the densest minefield ever known in the history of naval warfare just off Scarborough.

There is a theory that the intention of the German ships was to try and lure the British Grand Fleet into this minefield, and there are strong arguments for this. Whatever their reasons, the minefield did have devastating results, many of which did not become apparent until the last few years. Many ships in the war years simply disappeared without trace: they left their home ports and failed to reach their destinations. At the time, many of these unfortunate vessels were listed as "lost in the North Sea". Discoveries by amateur divers of Scarborough Sub-Aqua Club in more recent years have shown that many such losses were, in fact, victims of the KOLBERG´s mines.

The first victims succumbed almost before the raiders were out of sight: the 1228-ton collier ELTERWATER struck a mine between Filey and Scarborough, and she was quickly followed by the 1190-ton Norwegian VAAREN, another collier, and then the 988-ton PRINCESS OLGA, carrying a general cargo. On this first day, December 16th, there was no indication as to the extent or density of the minefield, but when a group of minesweeping trawlers from Grimsby steamed in on December 19th, they were to find out

It was a brilliantly-clear morning as the trawlers steamed past Filey, blackening the sky with their smoke, the sweeps out in readiness. Within the first five minutes they had exploded eighteen mines, and as they got into the thick of the field the falling tide brought the anchored mines closer to the surface. Each had five horns, and contained some 350lbs of explosive.

At 11 am, the 273-ton minesweeping trawler ORIANDA struck a mine while steam full ahead, and her momentum caused her to plough herself under the waves, her masthead cutting through the water like a submarine´s periscope as she sank. Surprisingly, only one man was lost: Lt. H. B. Boothby and the rest of his crew were picked up from the water very quickly. A second trawler, the PASSING, later renamed PACIFIQUE, was also mined and a huge hole was blown in her bows: but she did not sink, and eventually beached at Scarborough for repairs. Significantly, perhaps, she was new and was the biggest trawler in the country at the time.

The sweepers found themselves in a desperate situation by this time as the full horror of the minefield became apparent. As the tide fell, they were in the midst of a horrible mêlée of floating mines, tangled wire sweeps and stricken trawlers, all drifting with the current. Operations were suspended until the tide rose again. The next day, the 203-ton auxiliary patrol vessel GARMO was blown up and sank with the loss of six lives, including that of skipper, T. Gilbert.

The loss of the merchant ships continued: the 1168-ton BOSTON was crippled by a mine, but drifted onto Filey Brigg before sinking, and Christmas Day saw the loss of no less than four ships. The 464-ton GEM was blown in half with the loss of 10 men: THERESE HEYMANN, 2393-ton was lost with all hands off Filey: the minesweeper NIGHT HAWK blew up with the loss of six lives, and 1107-ton ELI sank off Cayton Bay without loss of life. Boxing Day brought two more victims, the 3081-ton LINARIA and the 1455-ton Dutch steamer LEERSUM. The last day of 1914 brought another loss: the 2458-ton Danish steamer M C HOLM that had been posted as "lost in the North Sea" until Scarborough divers found and identified her in the early 1980´s.

A fourth minesweeper trawler fell victim to the Scarborough minefield on January 6th, 1915, when the 480-ton THE BANYERS struck a mine and sank, taking six men´s lives. The skipper escaped by scrambling out through the wheelhouse window as the trawler took its final plunge - he was no less a man than Lt. H. Boothby, who, it will be remembered, had already had one trawler, the ORIANDA, blown up from under him! Boothby was awarded the DSO - as he put it himself, for losing two ships!

It was many months before the last of the 100 mines had either done its deadly work, or been cleared, and hundreds of men died as a result. We shall probably never know the full extent of the damage and death caused by the Scarborough Minefield.

Other known or suspected victims of the minefield in 1915 were the 2812-ton cargo vessel GLENMORVEN of Leith on 26th December, posted missing, all hands lost. The 2624-ton collier ELFRIDA on 7th January. The 3027-ton MEMBLAND was also lost with all hands on 15th February, presumed mined. The collier 1208-ton DEPTFORD struck a mine and sunk off Filey Brigg on 24th February. On 1st March the Hull trawler SAPPHIRE struck a mine and sank with the loss of one crewman. The Swedish steamer 1573-ton HANNA was blown up by a mine on 15th March with the loss of six lives. The last recorded victim to the minefield was the Scarborough trawler CONDOR with the loss of all nine crew. (Carl Racey)
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