british Runciman Walter & Co. Ltd. - Moor Line SS Castlemoor (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
weight (tons) 6574  grt
dimensions 128 x 16.5 x 10.5 m
engine triple expansion engines
power 577  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 562
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cause lost missing
date lost 25/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
Runciman Walter & Co. Ltd. - Moor Line, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
captain Capt. R. Lisle
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remarksCalculated as '800 mile W [270°] from FRANCE, Ushant, Île d'Ouessant'.
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Lettens Jan07/12/2009The British merchant ship S/S Castlemoor (Capt. R. Lisle) left Halifax on February 16th, 1940 for the Tees.

She was last seen by thesteamship Merchant Royal on February 25th, some 800 miles west ofUshant (Ouessant), and it was assumed that she had been lost by marinecauses.

ref. used: 
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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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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 Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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