british SS Fircrest [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1907
is nickname no
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 5394  grt
dimensions 128.2 x 16.6 x 4.8 m
material steel
engine quadruple-expansion engines
power 519  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 499
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.40rank: 607
about people
Bremer Vulkan (Vegesack), Bremen
last owner
[1]Crest Shipping Co. Ltd. (Crest Line Or Ivanovic & Co.), London
SS Fircrest [+1940]
period 1940 ~ 1940
prev. owners
SS Preradovic
period 1927 ~ 1940
[3]Jogoslovenska-Amerikaniska Plovidba, Dubrovnik
SS Preradovic
period 1927 ~ 1940
[4]Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
SS Riol
period 1921 ~ 1927
[5]Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
SS Riol
period 1921 ~ 1927
[6]Smith D., Cardiff
SS Riol
period 1921 ~ 1921
[7]British Government, London
SS Ril
period 1921 ~ 1921
[8]Roland Linie - Globus Reederei, Bremen
SS Riol
period 1907 ~ 1921
[9]Roland Linie - Globus Reederei, Bremen
SS Riol I
period 1907 ~ 1914
captain Russel Helton Tuckett
no. of crew 38
about the wreck
depth (m.) 134 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
[1] Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
entered by Allen Tony
entered 29/02/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 25/08/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony29/02/2008Fircrest SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 5,394 tons built in 1907. On the 25th August 1940 when on route from Wabana, Conception Bay - Halifax - Middlesbrough in Convoy HX-65A carrying a cargo of 7,900 tons of iron ore she was torpedoed by German submarine U-124 23 miles north of the Butt of Lewis, Hebrides and sunk. There were no survivors from the Fircrest (Master Russell Helton Tuckett OBE), the master and 38 crew members were lost.
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Allen Tony25/08/2011Firescrest was a British cargo steamer of 5,329grt. On the 25th August 1940 she was toprpedoed by German submarine U-124 and sunk when on route from Wabana for the Tees with a cargo of iron ore.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Preradovic was a Freighter built in 1907 and of 5.394 tons which was torpedoed without warning by U-124 when on route from Wanaba for the Tees. All the crew of 40 were lost. She was carrying 7.900 tons of iron ore.
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About Builders
 Bremer Vulkan (Vegesack), Bremen
Founded in 1805 in Bremen.

Built U-boats in WWI under license in the Germaniawerft in Kiel.

Built 74 VII type u-boats in WWII.

Went bankrupt in 1996.
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