british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Harberton (+1917)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1894
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 1443  grt
dimensions 75.29 x 10.76 x 4.75 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Co. Ltd. Sunderland, one single boiler, single screw
power 148  n.h.p.
speed 8.5  knots
yard no. 185
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 30/03/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.15rank: 644
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
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[1]Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
SS Harberton (+1917)
period --- ~ 1917
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[2]Harrison J. & C. Ltd., London
SS Harberton
period 1894 ~ ---
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Racey Carl15/04/2009Built for J. & C. Harrison, London; Yard No 185; Launch Date: 16/06/1894; Date of loss not certain, probably struck a mine laid by UC.31; All 15 lives lost, including master.

The HARBERTON left Blyth on Thursday 29th March 1917 bound for London with a cargo of coal. The ship was never seen or heard of again and it is presumed to have struck a mine laid by a German U-boat with the loss of all 15 crew.

Estimated position of loss: Off Robin Hood´s Bay; North Sea, Shipping Lane South of Blyth.

One of ten Cory Colliers involved in the London coal trade, lost off the Yorkshire coast to German U-boats or mines they had laid during WWI, the others were: Brentwood, Hurstwood, Ocean, Vernon, Sir Francis, Harrow, Corsham and Highgate. The Deptford was also mined off Scarborough in 1915.
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Allen Tony02/03/2009The collier Harberton SS left Blyth on March 29th, 1917, for London, with a cargo of coal. She was mined in the North Sea by German submarine UC-31 and sunk. She had a crew of 16.
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Allen Tony26/08/2007Harberton SS was a 1,443grt, British Merchant steamer. On the30th March 1917 when in the North Sea she was probably torpedoed without warning and sunk by submarine, date uncertain, listed as 30th?. 15 lives lost including Master. Vessel was on route from Blyth to London.
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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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 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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