british Nisbet George & Co. (Nisbet, Calder & Co., Clydesdale Navigation Co. Ltd.) SS Blairmore [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
weight (tons) 4141  grt
dimensions 113.1 x 15.5 x 7.3 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 257  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 514
IMO/Off. no. 160219
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 664
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Ayrshire Dockyard Co. Ltd., Irvine (UK)
engine by
Rowan David & Co., Glasgow
Nisbet George & Co. (Nisbet, Calder & Co., Clydesdale Navigation Co. Ltd.), Glasgow
no. of crew 34
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2700 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 11/10/2007
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last update 25/08/2013
[1] Lettens Jan05/12/2008
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Lettens Jan05/04/2012PIT PROP

A pit prop or mine prop (British and American usage, respectively) is a length of lumber used to prop up the roofs of tunnels in coal mines.
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Allen Tony11/10/2007Blairmore SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1928 and of 4,141 tons. She was owned by NISBET & CO, GEORGE. CLYDESDALE NAVIGATION CO LTD. On the 25th August 1940 when on route from NEWCASTLE N.B, and SYDNEY S.S for THE TYNE carrying 1500 fathoms of pit props she was torpedoed by U-37 and sunk. 4 crew lost from a total crew of 34.
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About Builders
 Ayrshire Dockyard Co. Ltd., Irvine (UK)
The company was formed in 1888. When Mackie and Thomson sold their old Govan yard to Harland and Wolff in 1912, part of the deal was that a four ship contract would be given to them to build four ships at their new six berth yard, based at Irvine on the coast of Scotland. -- During the First World War the yard built fleet tugs for the Admiralty along with merchant ships, Indian coastal passenger steamers and three standard "B" types were completed. The main customers of the yard were Clan Line Steamers and from 1919 to 1928, they built 25 ships. -- In 1928 the yard was bought by Lithgows. A couple of tramps were completed, and work started on a couple of others, but production came to a halt when the Depression hit the shipbuilding industry badly. -- No shipbuilding happened in 1933 and manufacturing only really picked up from 1936 onwards. However, soon after, the yard was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security. The yard's main function became that of a ship repairer which it continued doing throughout the 40s and 50s.

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