british Brocklebank T. & J. Ltd. - Thomas & John SS Maidan [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1925
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 7861  grt
dimensions 148.8 x 18.9 x 9.75 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 1047  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 402
IMO/Off. no. 147321
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 05/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.90rank: 542
about people
builder
Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., Scotstoun
owner
Brocklebank T. & J. Ltd. - Thomas & John, Liverpool
captain Miller C.L.
complement 1
no. of crew 88
about the wreck
depth (m.) 2500 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
references
references
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
updates
entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 16/03/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 05/11/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan28/08/2008
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Lettens Jan13/08/2011CONVOY HX-84

The German battlecruiser Admiral Scheer sailed on 14 October 1940 and her first target was convoy HX-84 from Halifax Nova Scotia, which had been identified by B-Dienst radio intercepts. Admiral Scheer's seaplane located the convoy on 5 November 1940 and, believing it to be unescorted, Admiral Scheer closed in.

However, as the convoy appeared over the horizon, one vessel sailed out to challenge her. The HMS Jervis Bay , commanded by Captain Edward Fegen, was an armed merchant ship and was the only defence for the convoy. Owing to insufficient Allied warship numbers at this early stage in the war, convoys received destroyer escorts only on the last three days of their journey.

HMS Jervis Bay with her eight 6 in (15 cm) guns was hopelessly outclassed, but the German ship had to deal with her before pursuing the convoy, which had already begun to scatter and make smoke. Admiral Scheer succeeded in sinking six other ships, Kenbane Head, Beaverford, Fresno City, Maidan, Mopan, Trewellard and setting the tanker San Demetrio on fire (later salvaged).

The damage inflicted by Admiral Scheer would have been far greater, had it not been for the sacrifice of courageous HMS Jervis Bay and her heroic crew.

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About Owners
 
Brocklebank T. & J. Ltd. - Thomas & John, Liverpool

Founded in 1801 in Whitehaven

In 1819, the company moved to Liverpool.

After WWII, the company had only eleven ships.

In 1968, Brocklebank pooled its ships with Cunard in the company Cunard-Brocklebank Ltd.

Stopped existing in 1983.
 
 
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