british John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd. SS Barbara Marie (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1928
weight (tons) 4223  grt
dimensions 111.2 x 15.7 x 7.62 m
engine triple expansion engine
power 375  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 12/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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John Priestman & Co. Ltd., Southwick (Sunderland)
John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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depth (m.) 4100 max. / -- min. (m)
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Claes Johnny17/06/2008At 19.38 hours on 12 Jun, 1940, U-46 fired a stern torpedo at a ship in convoy SL-34 about 220 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre and missed the intended target, but hit the Barbara Marie that broke in two and sank. At 19.46 hours, another torpedo was fired which hit the forward part of Willowbank and caused the ship to sink by the bow. The master and 31 crew members from the Barbara Marie (Master Alfred Stanley Smith) were lost.

Five crew members were picked up by the British motor merchant Swedru.
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John Morrison & Son - Morrison Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

John Morrison started steamship owning in 1871 when he purchased the tramp steamer Ben Lomond from John Laing of Sunderland and over the next few years built up a fleet of eight ships. By the outbreak of the Great War, the company had been reduced to three ships. Two of these were lost to enemy action and the third one was sold to Russia. By the end of the war, no ships were owned and the company did not re-enter ship owning until 1922. The company purchased 13 new ships up to 1930 which traded worldwide, but the main trade was from Sweden to South Africa and homewards via West Africa on charter to United Africa Co. By 1939 ten ships were owned but all were lost during the war. After the loss of the Glenlea, the company was wound up.

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