british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Vernon [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1878
live live
weight (tons) 982  grt
dimensions 67.1 x 9.4 x 4.9 m
material iron
engine Steam Compound by T. Clark & Co. Newcastle upon Tyne, one single boiler, single screw
armament 1 x 13 pdr. stern gun
power 128  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 50
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 31/08/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
about people
Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
engine by
Clark T. & Co. - Thomas Clark, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
last owner
[1]Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
SS Vernon [+1917]
period --- ~ 1917
prev. owners
[2]Wrightson H., London
SS Vernon
period 1878 ~ ---
captain W. J. Newton
no. of crew 18
about the wreck
depth (m.) 18 max. / 15.8 min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl23/10/2009On 31st Aug 1917 the UB-30 sank the Cory Collier VERNON 982 gt/b1878, 22 miles SE x S from Sprun Point, transporting coal from Seaham Harbour to London.

On 3rd Jan 1918 sank the GARTLAND (ex-Trewidden) 2613 gt/b1892, 5 miles ESE from Owers L/v, English Channel, transporting coal from Tyne to Gibralter, 2 lives lost;

5th Jan1918 GLENARM HEAD 3908 gt/b 1897, 5 miles SW by S from Brighton L/v;

12th Jan 1918 s.s. WHORLTON 1469 gt/b 1907, near Owers L/v;

2nd Feb1918 s.s. JAFFA 1383 gt/b1897 (Wilson Line of Hull) 3 miles E by S from Owers L/v, 10 lives lost;

16th March 1918 s.s. LIGHTFOOT 1873 gt/b 1916, 2 miles S from Owers L/v. Sinkings by UB-30 off the Yorkshire coast:-

3th Sept 1917 - s.s. RAGNHILD

26th Sept 1917 - s.s. SNA III

18th June 1918 - s.s. NORFOLK COAST, all in Bridlington Bay.

On 10th August 1918 - s.s. MADAME RENEE in North Bay, Scarborough.

On 13th August the UB-30 was depth charged and sunk by the armed trawler JOHN GILLMAN while attacking Whitby Fishing boats. All 26 crew lost.
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Racey Carl23/10/2009Built for H. Wrightson, London; Yard No 50; Launch Date: 04/05/1878; Vessel torpedoed by UB-30, 22 miles SE x S of Spurn Point, without warning, striking the vessel about 30 ft. from the stern; Crew 18, 1 lost (Master) One of ten Cory Colliers involved in the London coal trade, recently lost off the Yorkshire coast to German U-boats or mines they had laid, the others were: Brentwood, Hurstwood, Harberton, Ocean, Harrow, Sir Francis, Corsham and Highgate.

The Deptford was mined off Scarborough in 1915.
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Racey Carl23/10/2009Whilst proceeding south to London, with a cargo of coal, the Cory Collier VERNON was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-30 at 6.05 p.m., without warning, and sinking within four minutes. The wake of the torpedo was not seen until it was to late to take avoiding action and struck the vessel about 30 feet from her stern. The ship’s master was in his cabin aft, in the vicinity of the explosion, wasnot seen again.

The rest of the crew took to the lifeboats and were later picked up by the Trinity House cutter TRITON, and later landed at Grimsby. At no time was the German submarine sighted.
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Allen Tony01/09/2007Vernon SS was a British Merchant steamer of 982grt. On the 31st August 1917 when on route from Seaham Harbour for London she was torpedoed by German submarine UB-30 and sunk when 22 miles SE x S from Spurn Point, Yorkshire, England. Vessel was owned by Cory Colliers Ltd, 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.
About Builders
 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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