british Runciman Walter & Co. Ltd. - Moor Line SS Marstonmoor [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1906
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weight (tons) 2744  grt
dimensions 95.7 x 14.2 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
armament armed merchantship
yard no. 189
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 14/04/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
Runciman Walter & Co. Ltd. - Moor Line, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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depth (m.) 130 max. / -- min. (m)
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Lettens Jan25/03/2011SS Marstonmoor, built by J. Blumer & Co., Sunderland in 1906 and owned at the time of her loss by Moor Line, Ltd. (W. Runciman & Co.), London, was a British steamer of 2744 tons.

On April 14th, 1918, Marstonmoor, on a voyage from Milford Haven to Murmansk with a cargo of mails, coal & general cargo, was sunk by the German submarine U-107 (Kurt Slevogt), 55 miles NNE of Cape Wrath. There were no casualties.
Allen Tony27/08/2007Marstonmoor SS was a 2,744grt, defensively-armed British Merchant steamer. On the 14th April 1918 when 55 miles NNE from Cape Wrath she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine U-107. Vessel was on route from Barry to Archangel.
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About Owners
Runciman Walter & Co. Ltd. - Moor Line, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In 1885 Walter Runciman purchased the laid up steamer Dudley and formed the South Shields Shipping Co. He operated her until 1891 when she was seized by the Russians as compensation after a collision. In the meantime, he had purchased other second hand ships and in 1889 ordered a new ship. Further new ships followed and in 1897 the company changed its name to Moor Line Ltd.
In 1902 the Moor Line took over the Novocastrian Shipping Co of Newcastle and in 1905 purchased the North Moor Steamship Co. and their fleets. By the outbreak of the Great War the company owned 49 tramp steamers but lost 19 ships to enemy action and one to marine hazard.
In 1919 Runciman sold his fleet to E. Edward & Sons, Cardiff and the company was placed into voluntary liquidation. In Nov.1920 Moor Line was reconstituted as a public company and in 1922 Edwards of Cardiff went bankrupt and Runciman was able to repurchase some of the ships which he had previously sold at a fraction of the sale price two years earlier.
By 1939 the company owned 17 tramp ships, but by 1945 only 4 were left afloat. The fleet was rebuilt after the war and in 1965 the company purchased Anchor Line which it had managed since 1935. In 1968 the tramps were transferred to Anchor Line and renamed and the bulk carriers were sold by 1981.

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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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