british British Tanker Co. Ltd. (Bp) MV Shelbrit 1 [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1928
is nickname no
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 1025  grt
dimensions 70.1 x 10.1 x 4.3 m
material steel
engine Oil engines
power 286  n.h.p.
speed knots
yard no. 1254
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about the loss
cause lost explosion
date lost 19/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.21rank: 633
about people
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
last owner
[1]British Tanker Co. Ltd. (Bp), London
MV Shelbrit 1 [+1940]
period 1936 ~ 1940
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prev. owners
[2]British Tanker Co. Ltd. (Bp), London
MV British Pluck
period 1928 ~ 1936
call sign: 
captain Martin, W.
complement 1
no. of crew 20
about the wreck
depth (m.) 15 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
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entered 27/08/2008
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last update 30/07/2012
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Allen Tony08/03/2009The coastal tanker Shelbrit 1 MV, on a voyage from Grangemouth to Inverness in ballast, blew up, caught fire and sank on September 19th, 1940, in the Moray Firth. All her crew of 20 and the gunner were lost.
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About Builders
 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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