canadian SS Aycliffe Hall (+1936)
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nationality canadian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
weight (tons) 1900  grt
dimensions 77.1 x 13.4 x 5.5 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, engine aft.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 845
IMO/Off. no. 147800
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cause lost collision
date lost 11/06/1936  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Hall Corp., Montreal
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Allen Tony23/06/2011Aycliffe Hall SS was a Canadian cargo steamer of 1,900grt which was involved in a collision 18nm West of Long Point, Lake Erie on the 11th June 1936 with the steel steamer SS EDWARD J. BERWIND in fog and sank. Crew was picked up by BERWIND after abandoning. Salvagers brought her to the surface that fall, but couldn't keep her afloat.Wreck discovered by U.S. Lighthouse tender CROCUS in 1939 and dynamited by the Canadian government soon after.
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About Builders
 Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Smith's Dock Company who started at High Docks, South Shields, are often referred to simply as Smith's Dock, was a British shipbuilding company that became associated with South Bank in Middlesbrough on the River Tees in Northeast England, after opening an operation there in 1907.

Smiths Dock are perhaps most famous for preparing the design of the Flower class corvette, an anti-submarine convoy escort of WWII. In 1914 listed as Marine Engineers. During WWI the yard's output was 160 small ships. In the 1920's the yard began arc-welding along with riveting. Up to 1930 the yard mainly made colliers, tramps and cargo-liners.

In 1930 the yard entered the depression with a number of orders on its books. The worst year for the yard was 1932 when it was only able to launch one motor trawler. In 1931 the Stockton yard of Smiths Dock Co Ltd was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security for closure and dismantling. In 1936 the "Flower" class corvette based on the design of the whale-catcher Southern Pride, made its debut. 19 were made by the yard and 200 by other yards.

During the 1940s the yard made a number of cargo ships, tramps, colliers and the last case-oil carrier. In 1966 the yard was sold to Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson with the yard becoming part of the Swan Hunter Group later in the same year.

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