british Robert Alexander - Sun Shipping Co. - Hall Line SS Wistow Hall (II) (+1912)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1890
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 3314  grt
dimensions 106.5 x 12.8 x 8.1 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 307  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 256
IMO/Off. no. 97746
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 18/01/1912  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.53rank: 585
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builder
J. Caird & Co., Greenock
owner
Robert Alexander - Sun Shipping Co. - Hall Line, Liverpool
captain Stoddard, William Alfred
no. of crew 57
no. of passengers 0
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered 28/01/2010
last update Lettens Jan
last update 14/11/2013
 
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Lettens Jan10/06/2013WISTOW HALL

Owned by the Hall Line and built in 1890 by Caird & Co.; 3,314 tons; 349.5x42.1x26.7 ft.; 307 n.h.p.; 10 knots; triple expansion engines.

The steamship Wistow Hall, Capt. W. H. Stoddart, left Jarrow on Monday, January 15th, 1912, with 500 tons of cargo to take on a further consignment at Glasgow and finally to complete loading at Birkenhead.

The weather was very bad and on the 17th, the funnel was washed away, two of the crew were killed by falling gear and the first officer injured. The captain received injuries to his spine, had his right arm broken and was rendered unconscious. ...

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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Allen Tony28/01/2010Wistow Hall SS was wrecked at North Haven, S Peterhead on the 18th January 1912.
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About Owners
 
Robert Alexander - Sun Shipping Co. - Hall Line, Liverpool

Robert Alexander started shipowning in the 1850s and in 1868 founded the Sun Shipping Co., Liverpool which operated cargo and passenger services. The ships were named with the word Hall and the company became known as the Hall Line.

In 1899 the name was officially changed to Hall Line Ltd.

The company was purchased in 1901 by John Ellerman and continued operating as part of the Ellerman Group as Ellerman's Hall Line.

Remark: there has been another Sun Shipping company, owned by Mitchell Cotts, but this company operated much later than this one.



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 J. Caird & Co., Greenock
Caird & Company was a Scottish shipbuilding and engineering firm based in Greenock. The company was established in 1828 by John Caird when he received an order to re-engine Clyde paddle-tugs.[1]
John's relative James Tennant Caird joined the company in 1831, and after leaving to work for Randolph, Elder & Co in Glasgow, rejoined the family business for good in 1838.
A year after the death of Robert Caird, the company was sold to Harland & Wolff Ltd in 1916 for £432,493. The firm continued trading as a separate enterprise, with Arthur and Patrick Caird on the board, until 1922. The Arthur Street engine works was sold to John G Kincaid & Co Ltd in 1919.

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Lettens Jan10/06/2013WISTOW HALL

Owned by the Hall Line and built in 1890 by Caird & Co.; 3,314 tons; 349.5x42.1x26.7 ft.; 307 n.h.p.; 10 knots; triple expansion engines.

The steamship Wistow Hall, Capt. W. H. Stoddart, left Jarrow on Monday, January 15th, 1912, with 500 tons of cargo to take on a further consignment at Glasgow and finally to complete loading at Birkenhead.

The weather was very bad and on the 17th, the funnel was washed away, two of the crew were killed by falling gear and the first officer injured. The captain received injuries to his spine, had his right arm broken and was rendered unconscious.

To add to these misfortunes the boiler room was flooded and the fires extinguished. It was decided to drop anchor somewhere off Bucha Ness but the cable parted and the steamship drifted ashore. She was seen by the coastguards at Port Errol who followed her along the coast.

At 8 a.m. on the 18th WISTOW HALL struck on the Tempion Rock, North Haven, close to some stone quarries, the quarrymen from which came to the shore in the hope of assisting. Unfortunately the place where the Wistow Hall had gone ashore was at the foot of some high and inaccessible cliffs where it was impossible for the lifeboats to approach.

As WISTOW HALL's boats had been smashed in the gale the crew were without means of escape and could only cling to the rigging from which they were swept away by successive seas in full view of the impotent coastguards and quarrymen.

The crew numbered 14 Europeans and 43 Lascars, of whom only Captain Stoddart and three Lascars were saved.
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