british Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co. SS Dictator (+1915)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1891
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 4116  grt
dimensions 111.2 x 13.7 x 9.1 m
material steel
engine 3 Cyl. Triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 400  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 335
IMO/Off. no. 97890
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 05/09/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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builder
Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
engine by
Richardson T. & Sons, Hartlepool
owner
Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 07/09/2007
last update Jordan Roger
last update 18/08/2013
 
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Lettens Jan29/02/2012SS Dictator, built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co., Middlesbrough in 1891 and owned at the time of her loss by Charente SS. Co. Ltd. (T. & J. Harrison), Liverpool, was a British steamer of 4.116 tons.

On September 5th, 1915, Dictator, on a voyage from Pernambuco to Liverpool with general cargo, was stopped and scuttled by the German submarine U-20 (Walther Schwieger), 135 miles SxW of Fastnet. There were no casualties.
Allen Tony07/09/2007Dictator SS was a British Merchant steamer of 4,116grt. On the 5th September 1915 when on route from Pernambuco for Liverpool she was captured by German submarine U-20 and sunk by gunfire when 135 miles S x W from Fastnet, Ireland. Owned by T & J. Harrison, Liverpool.
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About Owners
 
Harrison T. & J. Ltd. - Charente S.S. Co., Liverpool

Thomas & James Harrison was founded when George Brown died in 1853, both brothers taking over the company. In 1871 the Charente Steamship Company was established to take on the ownership of the ships with Thos. & Jas. Harrison as managers. Owned over 70 ships before WWI, of which 27 were lost during WWI. Harrisons lost 30 out of 46 ships in WWII.
 
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 Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
This yard was bought out by Dixon and his partner Backhouse in 1862, operating as Backhouse, Dixon until bought out entirely by Raylton Dixon in 1873. There were three brothers involved in the firm Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd. Raylton, John, and Waynman

Richardson T. & Sons, Hartlepool
Thomas Richardson developed his business of marine steam engines, but constructed two vessels in 1845-1846. He died in 1850 and his two sons, Thomas and John built a further series of vessels between 1855 and 1857. The Richardson name became prominent in the field of marine engineering in the town. --- Company became T. Richardson & Son Ltd., Hartlepool

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