british Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd. SS Gourko [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1911
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 1975  grt
dimensions 96.9 x 12.9 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, 1 screw
speed 12  knots
yard no. 581
IMO/Off. no. 132295
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cause lost mine
date lost 03/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
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Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
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[1]Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull
SS Gourko [+1940]
period 1917 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 132295
prev. owners
[2]Wilson Thos., Sons & Co. Ltd. - Wilson Line Of Hull - Wilson C. H., Hull
SS Gourko
period 1912 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 132295
about the wreck
depth (m.) 17 max. / 8 min. (m)
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Could be the ''Ganko'' as well according to Shom.
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Racey Carl29/10/2012On 04/06/1940 the Hull steamer GOURKO foundered and was lost after detonating a mine off Dunkirk. The vessel was to be used as a blockship.
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007Construit en: 1911, tonnage brut: 1975, longueur: 97m, largeur: 13m Construit pour assurer les traversées de la compagnie Ellerman´s Wilson, entre Humber (Angleterre) et la Scandinavie, le Gourko possédait à l´origine des commodités pour 27 passagers en 1ère classe, avec notamment la climatisation. Acheté par son amirauté en août 1914, il fut utilisé, durant la première guerre mondiale, comme cantine et bateau d´agrément à Scapa Flow (base de la flotte britannique dans l´archipel des Orcades, au nord de l´écosse), avant d´être revendu a Wilson en 1919, et restauré pour de nouveaux services.

Le Gourko fut réquisitionné le 21 Mai 1940 pour servir au blocus de Dunkerque mais coula en route le 3 Juin (les autres navires réquisitionnés étaient: le ´´Moyle´´, le ´´Pacifico´´, le ´´Edvard Nissen´ ´, le ´´Holland´´ et le ´´?´´ ).
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About Owners
Ellerman Wilson Line Ltd., Hull

The Wilson Line of Hull, 1840-1916 - Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co. - A private firm that operated a major fleet while remaining entirely family owned. Entering the steam shipping business in the early 1850s, the firm experienced rapid growth through the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. Though the dynamic expansion of the fleet slackened off in the 1890s, the Wilson Line entered the 20th century with a capital stock of over 100 steamers with an aggregate tonnage of almost 120,000 tons. The Times referred to the Wilson Line as the “largest privately-owned shipping line in the world”. The scale of the company was also impressive from a local perspective. From the early 1890s down to the Great War, the Wilson Line owned at least half of the tonnage registered in the port of Hull. In October 1916, the Wilsons sold their “business unique” to Ellerman Lines Ltd for some £4.3m. which then became Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd - - - John Ellerman was born on Anlaby Road, Hull in 1862. He was the son of a German corn merchant who had come to the city from Hamburg in 1850.
His father died when John was 9-years-old, and left him a legacy of £600. His mother came from Birmingham and John moved to the city to start a career as an accountant. After passing his exams he moved to London and set up his own accountancy practice.
He began his business empire in 1892 when he put together a consortium to buy up an ailing shipping company. He sold on the company a few years later to the American financier JP Morgan, at a considerable profit. Spurred on by this success, Ellerman began to snap up other shipping lines.
He was awarded a baronetcy in 1905, for his support in providing the government with ships during the Boer War.
In 1916 Ellerman acquired the Hull based Wilson Line, once the world’s largest privately owned fleet
Sir John Ellerman died in 1933. He left over £36 million in his will, over £10 billion in today’s values.

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 Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (C. & W. Earle), Hull
Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co was the largest yard building the biggest ships on the Humber based in Hull --- The company was started in Hull in 1845 by two brothers from York, Charles and William Earle, who set themselves up as engineers and ship buiders. At times, as many as two or three thousand men were employed in shipbuilding and repair activities, including the construction of many Wilson Line vessels. The company was reconstituted as Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited in 1871 after the death of Charles and the illness of William Earle. Serious problems in the 1890s eventually led to the voluntary liquidation of the firm, which was then bought by Charles Wilson of the Wilson Line. The firm retained its name, but was wholly owned by members of the Wilson family for the rest of its existence. The trade slump of the 1920s and early 1930s led to prolonged short-time working. The yard was finally closed in 1932 when it was acquired by the National Shipbuilders Securities Limited under the national shipyard rationalisation scheme which precluded its use as a shipbuilding yard to 40 years. Nearly 700 ships had been built by the company between 1853 and 1931.

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