british Constantine Joseph - Constantine Shipping Ltd. SS Brookwood [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1929
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 5082  grt
dimensions 154.9 x 16.3 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, (exhaust turbine added in 1934), single shaft, 1 screw
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yard no. 1017
IMO/Off. no. 160724
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons gunfire - shelled
date lost 23/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
engine by
Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
owner
Constantine Joseph - Constantine Shipping Ltd., Middlesbrough
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depth (m.) 2850 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 11/10/2007
last update Lockett Graham
last update 22/08/2013
 
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Allen Tony11/10/2007Brookwood SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1929 and of 5,100 tons. She was owned by CONSTANTINE STEAMSHIP LINE LTD, JOSEPH. On the 24th August 1940 when on route from LONDON for SYDNEY N.S. via SCOTLAND she was torpedoed by U-37 and sunk by gunfire. 1crew missing from a total of 37.
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Constantine Joseph - Constantine Shipping Ltd., Middlesbrough

Known as Constantine & Pickering Steamship Co. till 1904, later as Joseph Constantine Steamship Line. Also operated in Canada as Constantine Lines (Canada) Ltd., which became Quebec Steamship Lines Ltd. in 1948.
 
About Builders
 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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