panamanian SS Tuira (+1940)
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nationality panamanian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1912
weight (tons) 4393  grt
dimensions 117.3 x 15.9 x 7 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 screw
power 404  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 223
IMO/Off. no. 132067 / 203
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 19/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 668
about people
Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Kydoniefs N.A., Athens
SS Tuira (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 132067 / 203
prev. owners
[2]Kydoniefs N.A., Athens
SS Andriotis
period 1932 ~ 1939
[3]Bell James & Co., The Bell Line, Bradford Shipping Co., Keighley Shipping Co., Hull
SS Bellfield
period 1920 ~ 1932
[4]Jones W. & C. T. & Co. Ltd., Cardiff
SS Craigwen
period 1917 ~ 1920
[5]Taylor, John & Son, Sunderland
SS Orpheus
period 1912 ~ 1917
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[1] Miramar Ship Index
[2] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 07/08/2008
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Vleggeert Nico07/08/2008
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Vleggeert Nico07/08/2008At 00.27 hours on 20 Aug, 1940, the Tuira, a straggler from convoy OB-198, was hit by a G7a torpedo from German submarine U-A and sank after a boiler explosion within 8 minutes southwest of Rockall.
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About Builders
 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
The 'Bartram' shipbuilding business was started in 1837 at Hylton by George Bartram. Later he formed a partnership George Bartram & John Lister which lasted till 1854. Following the partnership dissolution, George Bartram was on his own at Hylton, trading as 'George Bartram & Sons'.

George Bartram............. 1837 to 18?? (South Hylton)
Bartram & Lister ............ 18?? to 1854 (South Hylton)
George Bartram & Sons. 1854 to 1871 (South Hylton)
Bertram, Haswell & Co... 1871 to 1894 (South Dock)
Bartram & Sons Ltd........ 1894 to 1967 (South Dock)

George Bartram opened his yard at Hylton in 1837. The business moved to South Dock in 1871, and was the only firm to launch ships directly into the North Sea. The company was taken over by Austin & Pickersgill in 1967. The yard closed in 1978.

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