british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Fireglow [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1925
live live
weight (tons) 1261  grt
dimensions 68.6 x 11 x 4.7 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Sunderland, one single boiler, single screw, machinery aft.
armament armed (3 DEMS gunners)
power 158  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 309
IMO/Off. no. 148642
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 08/12/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 671
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
SS Fireglow [+1941]
period --- ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 148642
prev. owners
[2]Stephenson Clarke & Associated Companies Ltd., London
SS Fireglow
period 1925 ~ ---
no. of crew 17
no. of passengers 3
about the wreck
status well broken up
depth (m.) 20 max. / 15.4 min. (m)
orientation 135°
position on seabed upright
visibility good
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl06/05/2009Built as the FIREGLOW for Gas, Light & Coke Co. Ltd., London; Yard No 309; Launch Date 19/06/1925 On the 8th December 1941 the FIREGLOW detonated a German laid mine, foundered and was lost in Hearty Knoll Channel. She was in ballast, on passage from London to the Tyne to collect a cargo of coal. She was carrying a crew of seventeen and three pasengers (DEMS gunners). One live lost.
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About Owners
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London

The Gas Light and Coke Company (GLCC), World’s First Public Supplier of Gas, were formed in 1812, the year of Napoleon’s great retreat from Moscow. In 1868, the GLCC received the Royal Assent to build a gas works along the side of the River Thames between the entrance of the Barking Creek and the Royal Victoria Dock.

Existed from 1812 - 1949. Not sure if the flag is correct. -- NORTH THAMES GAS BOARD from 01/05/49

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About Builders
 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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