british Laird Line Ltd. - Ayr Steam Shipping SS Rowan [+1921]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1909
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weight (tons) 1493  grt
dimensions 85.6 x 11.6 x 4.9 m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 4 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 525  n.h.p.
speed 16  knots
yard no. 467
IMO/Off. no. 128288
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cause lost collision
other reasons [1] fog
[2] foundered
date lost 09/10/1921  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.15rank: 643
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Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
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Laird Line Ltd. - Ayr Steam Shipping, Glasgow
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depth (m.) 50 max. / 41 min. (m)
orientation 95°
war grave
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Lettens Jan23/02/2010ROWAN

Owned by the Laird Line and built in 1909 by D. & W. Henderson & Co.; 1,493 tons; 280.8x38.1x16.5 ft. ; 525 n.h.p.; triple expansion engines.

The steamship Rowan, on a voyage from Glasgow to Dublin with passengers, sank after collisions with two ships on October 9th, 1921, off Corsewall Point.

She collided with the American steamship West Camak, 5,721 tons, and immediately afterwards with the steamship Clan Malcolm, 5,994 tons. Thirteen of the crew and three passengers were lost with the ship.

The Clan Malcolm picked up the remainder but two of these died of their injuries.
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About Owners
Laird Line Ltd. - Ayr Steam Shipping, Glasgow

The company originated in 1814. Laird Line consisted of the amalgamation of Alex A. Laird and Sons, Thos. Cameron and Co and MacConnell and Laird. In 1885 a limited company was formed known as The Glasgow, Dublin and Londonderry Steam Packet Co.This was abbreviated to Laird Line.The company's fleet in 1903 totaled 12 vessels.
About Builders
 Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893. - Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

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