british SS Alma Dawson ? [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
live live
weight (tons) 3985  grt
dimensions 109.7 x 15.5 x 7.3 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 348  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 196
IMO/Off. no. 140700
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 24/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
engine by
Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
last owner
[1]Jubilee Steam Navigation Co.
SS Alma Dawson ? [+1940]
period 1936 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 140700
prev. owners
[2]Sutton E. J. & Co. - Confield Steamship Co., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Whinfield
period 1917 ~ 1936
IMO/Off. no.: 140700
about the wreck
depth (m.) 95 max. / 87 min. (m)
orientation 150°
war grave
entered by Jan Lettens
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 20/04/2013
Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Allen Tony17/03/2009The British ship Alma Dawson SS was built in 1917 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding as the WHINFILED SS for The SS Whinfield Co. Ltd., (E.J.Sutton), Newcastle. In 1936 she was renamed ALMA DAWSON SS for F. S. Dawson. She struck a mine and sank on November 24th, 1940, while on a voyage from Montreal to Ipswich.
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About Builders
 Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
A point of interest: the first 25 ships built by this company, without exception, were all lost at sea or wrecked. Of the first 50 ships built only 3 would see a full life of service and make it to the breakers yard.

Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-On-Tees
Blair & Co. was formed from the engine maker Fossick & Hackworth.
In 1855 George Blair was appointed manager and in the spring of 1865 he was made a partner and the company became Fossick, Blair & Co. when Hackworth retired. Fossick died in 1866 and the company became Blair & Co. Blair was responsible for the expansion of the works to specialise in marine engines.

At this time the company had 700 employees (later to rise to 2,000) and covered an area of seven and a half acres. The first compound marine engine on the Tees was built by Blair's in January 1869 and fitted to the "Glenmore" built by Backhouse & Dixon.

In 1884 the company produced its first triple expansion engine for the "Burgos" built by Richardson Duck. In 1887 the sheerlegs, which were to become a Stockton landmark for many years were errected at a cost of £2,695. These shearlegs were capable of lifting up to 100 tons and were sighted near the river to lift marine engines into newly built ships.

By 1914 almost 1,400 marine engines had been built. At least 340 for Pearse, and later Ropner, 240 for Richardson Duck and 103 for Thomas Turnbull at Whitby. A total of 75 engines were built during the First World War.

The company was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials in 1919.

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