british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Corchester [+1956]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1927
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weight (tons) 2374  grt
dimensions 87 x 12.5 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion engine, two single boilers, single screw.
power 243  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 308
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 19/02/1956  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.8rank: 656
about people
Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
captain George Northcott
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depth (m.) 22 max. / 15.4 min. (m)
orientation 45°
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entered 14/07/2006
last update Racey Carl
last update 19/02/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Racey Carl19/02/2011At 7:30 a.m. on 19/02/1956, while en route from London to Hartlepool in ballast, the CORCHESTER, under the command of Captain George Northcott, was in collision with CITY OF SYDNEY, 6,986 tons of Ellerman Lines Ltd., off Haisboro Light on the coast of Norfolk.

The weather conditions were appalling - high rough seas, blizzard conditions & zero visibility. At 52.56N/1.35E. the CITY OF SYDNEY apparently cut CORCHESTER in two, at No. 1 hold, wiping out everything forward of that point, including 6 crew in their accommodation in the forecastle. The survivors were picked up by CORMULL & landed at Gravesend. 8 lives were lost. The vessel sank by the bow & its remains lie in 26/28 metres of water.
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Wilson Stuart18/08/2005Colchester SS; steam collier; 1927; S.P. Austin & Son Ltd for Cory Colliers Ltd; Triple expansion engine; Colchester SS collided in rough weather with the 7.000 tons City Of Sidney. Colchester was cut in two pieces ans sunk. City of Sidney stood by for assistance and launched lifeboats.
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About Owners
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London

Cory Colliers (William Cory & Son) Ltd. 52 Mark Lane, London. Originally in the coal trade, became tug operators. Later renamed to Cory Towage Ltd.
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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