british Counties Ship Management Co. Ltd. - Kulukundis & Rethymnis Pentridge Hill SS (1936~1939) Lambridge SS [+1945]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
live live
weight (tons) 5119  grt
dimensions 122.1 x 16.3 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 445
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons ammunition dump
date lost 30/12/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Ayrshire Dockyard Co. Ltd., Irvine (UK)
next owners
[1]Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
SS Lambridge [+1945]
period 1939 ~ 1939
[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
SS Lambridge
period 1939 ~ 1945
last owner
[3]Counties Ship Management Co. Ltd. - Kulukundis & Rethymnis, London
SS Pentridge Hill
period 1936 ~ 1939
prev. owners
[4]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS African Prince
period 1922 ~ 1936
[5]Gardiner James & Co. - Western S.S. Co., Glasgow
SS Glennevis
period 1917 ~ 1922
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2500 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 27/12/2010
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Allen Tony30/12/2009Acquired by the British Royal Navy and scuttled with a cargo of munitions. Vessel was renamed the LAMBRIDGE at the time of the Sinking.
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Lettens Jan26/12/2010The Four ships Empire Simba (11/09/1945), Empire Cormorant (01/10/1945), Wairuna (30/10/1945) and Botlea (30/12/1945), all loaded with chemical ammunition, were scuttled at a depth of 2.500 metres, 55°30N-011°00W.
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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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