british John Bowes SS (1873~1889) Villa Selgas (+1933)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1852
weight (tons) 468  grt
dimensions 46.3 x 7.8 x 4.3 m
material iron
engine compound engine when built, re engined twice: 1864 & 1883., single shaft
power 66  n.h.p.
yard no. 2
about the loss
cause lost foundered
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 10/10/1933  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
engine by
Paul M. & Co, Dumbarton
next owners
[1]Iron Screw Collier Co (Cm Palmer & Co), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Villa Selgas (+1933)
period 1852 ~ 1973
IMO/Off. no.: 26276
[2]Naviera Fierro S.A., Madrid
SS Villa Selgas
period 1933 ~ 1933
[3]Naviera Vizcaina S.A., Madrid
SS Valentin Fierro
period 1920 ~ 1933
[4]Ybarary (T De), Bilbao
SS Carolina
period 1908 ~ 1920
[5]Frithj, Ohens
SS Spec
period 1889 ~ 1889
last owner
[6]Barnett Bg, London
SS John Bowes
period 1873 ~ 1889
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entered by Lockett Graham
entered 30/12/2012
last update Lockett Graham
last update 30/12/2012
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Lockett Graham30/12/2012This ship was the world's first steam powered collier.

She cost £1000 to build, 10 times the cost of a sailing brig. But she carried as much coal on a round trip to London of 5 days as the brig would carry in 2 months.

She sank in a storm between Bilbao & San Sebastian with a cargo of iron ore.

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About Builders
 Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Original founders: Brothers Charles Mark and George Palmer from Jarrow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. - - - Charles Palmer established a yard at Jarrow in 1851 and built its first iron collier 'The John Bowes' in the following year. It was the first ever sea-going screw collier and was built for shipping coal to London.
Palmers were also famed for building the first rolled armour plates for warships in 1854.

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