swedish Gorthon Rederi A/B (Rederi Activ, Gorthon & Börjesson Fam.) SS Alida Gorthon [+1940]
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nationality swedish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1902
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weight (tons) 2373  grt
dimensions 92 x 13.1 x 5.8 m
engine triple expansion engines
power 221  n.h.p.
yard no. 650
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 29/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 651
about people
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
last owner
[1]Gorthon Rederi A/B (Rederi Activ, Gorthon & Börjesson Fam.), Helsingborg
SS Alida Gorthon [+1940]
period 1934 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Norrköpings Co, Norrköping (Norrkoping)
SS Karlsvik
period 1919 ~ 1934
[3]Rederi Urania A/B, Helsingborg
SS Alida
period 1913 ~ 1919
[4]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS Atheniana
period 1911 ~ 1913
[5]Anglo-Hellenic S.S. C° Ltd, Andros
SS Atheniana
period 1909 ~ 1911
[6]British Maritime Trust Ltd.(Furness Withy & Co.), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
SS Atheniana
period 1902 ~ 1909
no. of crew 44
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2725 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 12/10/2007
last update Allen Tony
last update 23/12/2013
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony12/10/2007Alida Gorthon SS was a Swedish Cargo Steamer built in 1902 and of 2,373 tons. She was formerly called KARLSVIK (1934) and ALIDA (1919). She was owned by GORTHON, JOH. REDEREI-A/B ACTIV. On the 29th August 1940 when on route from LONDON for ST JOHN,S N.F. via SCOTLAND in ballast she was torpedoed by U-100 and sunk. 11 crew lost. 13 crew saved.
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Allen Tony23/11/2011At 3.36 AM, Swedish SS Alida Gorthon is sunk (11 crew and all 20 survivors from Dalblair killed, 13 survivors).
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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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