british Andrew Weir & Co., Bank Line, Inver Transport & Trading, Inver Tankers, British-Mexican Petroleum,Compagnie Venture, Lago Shipping SS Orteric (I) (+1915)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1911
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weight (tons) 6535  grt
dimensions 140.2 x 17.4 x 8.8 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 619  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 607
IMO/Off. no. 129534
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 09/12/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
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Russell & Co. Ltd., Greenock
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Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock
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Andrew Weir & Co., Bank Line, Inver Transport & Trading, Inver Tankers, British-Mexican Petroleum,Compagnie Venture, Lago Shipping, Glasgow & London
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Lettens Jan22/01/2011SS Orteric, built by Russell & Co., Port Glasgow in 1911 and owned at the time of her loss by Bank Line, Ltd. (A. Weir & Co.), Glasgow, was a British steamer of 6535 tons.

On December 9th, 1915, Orteric, on a voyage from Antofagasta to Alexandria with a cargo of nitrate, was sunk by the German submarine U-39 (Walter Forstmann), 140 miles SxE1/2E from Gavdo Island. 2 persons were lost.
Lettens Jan22/01/2011On the 9th December, 1915, at 4.20 p.m., the s.s. Orteric sighted a submarine and tried to escape. During the chase the fire of the sub- marine destroyed the starboard life-boat, killed two men, and badly wounded four others. The ship was then hit in the stern and would not steer, so the master signalled that he was stopping.

The submarine, however, ignored his signal and continued firing. The crew got into three boats, in charge of the first and second officers and chief engineer, respectively. The master and two hands remained on board, having the gig ready.

The three boats were about half a mile astern of the Orteric when the submarine fired four shots at the chief engineer's boat. All four shots missed the boat, but only by a narrow margin. The survivors were picked up an hour and a half later.
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[1] Internet Archive, archive.org
[2] Ajax, The German Pirate: His Methods and Record


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Andrew Weir & Co., Bank Line, Inver Transport & Trading, Inver Tankers, British-Mexican Petroleum,Compagnie Venture, Lago Shipping, Glasgow & London

Andrew Weir entered the ship owning business in 1885 in Glasgow when he purchased the barque SV Willowbank and eventually controlled one of the largest fleets of sailing ships under the British flag. In 1896 the company purchased their first steamship, but it was 1912 before the last sailing ship was sold. In 1905 the company was registered as Bank Line and the head office was moved to London, although the ships continued to be registered in Glasgow.

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