british Atkinson Bros. SS Wisbech [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1901
weight (tons) 1282  grt
dimensions 71.6 x 11.1 x 5.2 m
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 148  n.h.p.
yard no. 106
IMO/Off. no. 114409
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 14/08/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
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Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., Blyth
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
Atkinson Bros., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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depth (m.) 45 max. / 30 min. (m)
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entered 02/09/2007
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Lettens Jan12/02/2012SS Wisbech, built by Blyth Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Blyth in 1901 and owned at the time of her loss byAtkinson Bros., Newcastle, was a British steamer of 1.282 tons.

On August 14th, 1917, Wisbech, on a voyage from Cardiff to St. Malo with a cargo of patent fuel and steel tires, was sunk by the German submarine UC-51 (Hans Galster), 12 miles northeast of Trevose Head. 2 persons were lost.
Allen Tony02/09/2007Wisbech SS was a British Merchant steamer of 1,282grt. On the 14th August 1917 when on route from Cardiff for St. Malo she was torpedoed by German submarine UC-51 and sunk when 12 miles NE from Trevose Head, North Cornwall. Owned by Atkinson Bros., Newcastle.
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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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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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