british SS Severn Leigh [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI A-class standard cargo ship (br.)
WWI A-class standard cargo ship (br.) King Alfred SS [+1940]
propulsion steam
date built 1919
is nickname no
weight (tons) 5242  grt
dimensions 125.6 x 15.9 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
armament stern gun
power 517  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 355
IMO/Off. no. 142767
call sign
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 23/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.33rank: 615
about people
J. Caird & Co., Greenock
engine by
J. Caird & Co., Greenock
last owner
[1]M. Whitwill & Son Ltd.
SS Severn Leigh [+1940]
period 1937 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 142767
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prev. owners
[2]Dunlop T. & Sons - Queen Line, Glasgow
SS Queen Olga
period 1924 ~ 1937
IMO/Off. no.: 142767
[3]Temperley J. & Co. (Temperley Line), London
SS Bembridge
period 1919 ~ 1924
IMO/Off. no.: 142767
[4]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
War Anchusa
period 1919 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 142767
captain Hammet, Robert George
complement 1
no. of crew 42
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2100 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 11/10/2007
last update Jan Lettens
last update 07/12/2013
[1] Jan Lettens02/01/2011
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Allen Tony11/10/2007Severn Leigh SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1919 and of 5,242 tons. She was formerly called QUEEN OLGA (1937) BEMBRIDGE (1924) and was owned by WHITWILL & SONS LTD, MARK. SEVERN STEAMSHIP CO LTD.

On the 23rd August 1940 when on route from HULL for ST JOHN N.B. in ballast she was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire from U-37 and sunk. 33 crew lost from a total crew 42.
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Discharge Book - Photo

Photo of my Grandfather's (Richard Redmond) Discharge Book, showing his time serving on the SS Severn Leigh (1937-38)

 Marc Redmond

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About Builders
 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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