british Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co. SS Goodwood [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1937
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weight (tons) 2796  grt
dimensions 93.27 x 13.41 x 5.79 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Co. Ltd. Sunderland, two superheated single boilers, single screw
power 244  n.h.p.
yard no. 343
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cause lost mine
date lost 10/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co., London
captain Hewson
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status broken in two sections
depth (m.) 28 max. / 21 min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed hard ground
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl27/03/2009Built for William France, Fenwick & Co. Ltd., London, at a cost of £56,000; Yard No 343; Launch Date 07/071937; The GOODWOOD was reckoned to be the best collier on the east coast run at the time; Vessel hit a mine laid by U-15; 1 life lost; A report that the U-Boat responsible for the sinking of the GOODWOOD was subsequently sunk by an escort vessel and salvaged by the Royal Navy, who recovered papers which were to prove highly significant to the allied forces.
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On the 10th September 1939 when on route from the TYNE for BAYONNE carrying a cargo of coal the GOODWOOD hit a mine laid by U-15 one mile SE of Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. She was sunk in convoy, without loss of life, going down very quickly. The Captain broke both his legs in the ordeal. One crew member lost.

The GOODWOOD was the first ship sunk in the North Sea in WWII.

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Allen Tony12/10/2007Goodwood SS was a British cargo steamer of 2796 tons built in 1937. On the 10th September 1939 when on route from the TYNE for BAYONNE carrying a cargo of coal she hit a mine laid by U-15 one mile SE of Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, England. One crew member lost.
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About Owners
Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co., London

Wm France, Fenwick & Co was formed in 1901 by the amalgamation of the fleets of Fenwick, Stobart & Co,
H. C. Pelly & Co and William France & Co. The company’s initial trade was coal from the Wear and Goole to London but this later expanded to Baltic ports, returning with timber.
Many of their ships were requisitioned by the Admiralty during the Great War for use as fleet colliers and six ships were lost to enemy action. During World War II, a further twelve ships were sunk.
In 1946 Coastwise Colliers was formed by W. Cory & Son, Stephenson Clarke and France, Fenwick to charter colliers to the London Electricity Company and several ships were transferred from each partner. This company was managed by France, Fenwick. However, with the nationalisation of the electricity industry in 1948 these ships were returned to their respective owners.
Occasional sailings were also made to Canada to take part in the St. Lawrence coal trade. France, Fenwick also branched into the bulk sugar trade from the West Indies and esparto grass from North Africa as well as general tramping. By 1972 with falling freight rates, the company gradually withdrew from ship owning and the fleet was managed by Houlder Bros until it was sold in 1974 to Jessel Securities finance group.

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 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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