british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Glow ? (main part) [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1900
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weight (tons) 1141  grt
dimensions 71.63 x 10.09 x 4.42 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by J. Dickinson & Sons, Sunderland, two single boilers, single screw
armament 3 pounder Q.F. Vickers stern gun
power 179  n.h.p.
yard no. 153
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 22/07/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
engine by
Dickinson, John & Sons, Sunderland
last owner
[1]Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
SS Glow ? (main part) [+1917]
period 1916 ~ 1917
prev. owners
[2]Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co., London
SS Monkwood
period 1901 ~ 1916
[3]Steam Colliers (Pelly) Ltd., London
SS Monkwood
period 1900 ~ 1901
captain John Howden / T. H. Baty
no. of crew 18
about the wreck
status broken in two sections
depth (m.) 44 max. / 40 min. (m)
orientation 60°
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed hard ground
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl15/10/2009Built as MONKWOOD for Steam Colliers Ltd (Pelly), London; Yard No 153; Launch Date 16/03/1900; Previous owner W. France Fenwick & Co. Ltd; Sister ship to the Hawkwood stranded and wrecked under Speeton Cliffs; Renamed GLOW 1916; Vessel fitted with 13 pounder Q.F. Vickers stern gun; Torpedoed by UB-21 whilst under the command of Franz Walther. The torpedo struck 10 feet forward of the stern post on the water line and blew the stern clean off. The ship turned turtle on the port side within 10 minutes; Crew of 18, 1 gunner lost in explosion.

The GLOW was in the fleet as LANTHORN 2299/89, LAMPADA 2220/89, SUNTRAP 1353/04, PHARE 1282/06, ARDENS 1274/78, all sunk off the Yorkshire Coast during WW1 by German U-boats, whilst transporting coal from Tyne to London (managed by Stepenson Clarke’s). The BATTERSEA 860/02 was lost in a collision off Robin Hood’s Bay in 1918.
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Racey Carl10/03/2009The s.s. GLOW was proceeding south to London from the Tyne making 10 knots with a cargo of coal. Around 9.30 p.m. the master saw the wake from a torpedo about 100 yards distance, heading for the starboard side of the vessel. The torpedo struck the stern post which blew off most of her stern section and the ship immediately began to sink. The chief gunner was killedin the explosion and the steward injured.

The crew managed to lower one lifeboat into which they all scrambled, and had just cleared the wreck when she turned completely over in 3 minutes, sinking at 9.40 p.m. The survivors were picked up at 10.30 p.m. by the H.M.T. KILDEER and landed at Scarborough.
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Racey Carl15/10/2009The UB-21 became the most successful submarine that operated along the Yorkshire coast of England.
In February 1917 the UB-21 sank the LADY ANN off Scarborough. In the following 15 months she was responsible for the JOHN MILES, BYWELL, VICTORIA, RIKARD NORDRAAK, EDITH CAVELL, SNA II, SIR FRANCIS, TRELYON, GLOW, VANLAND, SPRINGHILL, AMSTELDAM, GEMMA, OCEAN, PATRIA, HERCULES (Whitby), HERCULES (Filey Bay), CONSTANTIA, ANBOTO MENDI, GOTHIA (off Hartlepool), HASLINGDEN (off Seaham), the sailing vessel MENTOR (off Hartlepool) and finally the PAUL in Sept 1918.
A total of 23 vessels where sunk by UB-21 off the Yorkshire Coast, and at least another 9 vessels sank or damaged along the east coast of England and 4 vessels taken as a prize of war. Also, under the command of Franz Walther, UB-21 sank the fishing vessel EXCEL 18/02/1917 and the Swedish steamer HAROLD on 06/05/1917, both NE of the Tyne
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About Owners
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London

The Gas Light and Coke Company (GLCC), World’s First Public Supplier of Gas, were formed in 1812, the year of Napoleon’s great retreat from Moscow. In 1868, the GLCC received the Royal Assent to build a gas works along the side of the River Thames between the entrance of the Barking Creek and the Royal Victoria Dock.

Existed from 1812 - 1949. Not sure if the flag is correct. -- NORTH THAMES GAS BOARD from 01/05/49

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 Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
The company was established in 1859 by John Blumer and started wooden shipbuilding in North Sands. By 1864 Blumer moved on to iron steamers. He built a variety of ships ranging from tramps to colliers to coastal packets. His customers ranged from P&O to the Admiralty. In 1914 listed as Iron Ship Builders of North Dock, Sunderland. 14 ships of 48,456 tons were completed during the WWI:- five Admiralty lighters and eight standard WAR "C" types were ordered by the Shipping Controller. Five were completed after the end of the War. From 1915-22 a further 18 ships were built to private order. Scarcity of orders led to closure of the yard after the completion of Ixia in July 1922.

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