british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Harrow ? [+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) 1777  grt
dimensions 81.69 x 11.58 x 5.18 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by W. Allen & Co. Ltd, Sunderland, two single boilers, single screw
armament One Lewis gun and one 12 Pounder
power 194  n.h.p.
yard no. 209
IMO/Off. no. 112705
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 08/09/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
about people
Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
engine by
Allen W. & Co Ltd, Sunderland
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
captain Robert Hunter / B. R. Davison
no. of crew 20
about the wreck
status hull breaking down
depth (m.) 48 max. / 41 min. (m)
orientation 30°
position on seabed turtle
visibility average
current normal
sea bed hard ground
marine life average
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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Racey Carl17/11/2012

This is the wreck of a large cargo vessel. The bow section is clearly upside-down. The amidships area is also upside-down and split open. Here only one single boiler is visible with two furnaces actually seen, along with a donkey boiler.

The stern section is more interesting and is more laid on it’s port side and is very broken up. There is a large steel propeller in place with a spare propeller laying on the seabed. An auxiliary steering wheel in position with steel boss and a number of toilets and sinks laying on the seabed.

There is also scattered wreckage on seabed aft of the wreck. This wreck needs some more diving, best guess HARROW
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Racey Carl14/04/2009The Cory collier s.s. HARROW was on passage from Granton to London in a convoy protected by 2 armed trawlers. They were steaming at 7 knots on a SSE heading. The weather was fine with a fresh westerly breeze and the visibility was about ten miles. Two lookouts were posted one on the forecastle and one on the gun platform.

At 6.45 p.m. a torpedo struck the stern without warning, the master who was in his cabin at the time was thrown out of his bunk and injured. The explosion blew away the propeller, stern post and port quarter and killed the Chief Officer, one gunner, and badly injured another. The crew abandoned the ship, which sank rapidly, and were picked up by one of the armed trawlers. They were transferred later to a motor patrol launch and were landed at Whitby.
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Racey Carl14/04/2009Built for Cory Colliers Ltd. (William Cory) 52 Mark Lane, London; Yard No 209; Launch Date 12/04/1900; Fitted with One Lewis gun and one 12 Pounder stern gun; Vessel torpedoed by UB.41 at 6.45 pm. The torpedo blew away the propellor, stern post and port quarter. The vessel sank at 7.35 p.m.; 20 crew in total. Two lives lost.

One of ten Cory Colliers involved in the London coal trade, lost off the Yorkshire coast to German U-boats or mines they had laid, during WW1, the others were: Brentwood, Hurstwood, Harberton, Ocean, Veron, Sir Francis, Corsham and Highgate. The Deptford was mined off Scarborough in 1915.
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Lettens Jan26/02/2009This wreck was previously known as the Brentwood by UKHO. The Brentwood lies further up North West. Click here for the Brentwood.
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Racey Carl25/10/2009Sinkings along the Yorkshire coast by UB-41 during 1917- ELLIDA (1124 tons) sank off Runswick Bay, Whitby on 19th April 1917; LANTHORN (2299 tons) scuttled by bomb off Whitby High on 22th May 1917; MONARCH (1318 tons) sank off North Cheek, Robin Hood’s Bay, on 23th May 1917; TALISMAN (153 tons) sank ESE of Hartlepool on 6th August 1917; HARROW (1777 tons) sank off North Cheek, Robin Hood’s Bay, on 8th Sept 1917; CLYDEBRAE (502 tons) sank off Scarborough on 2nd October 1917.
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About Owners
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London

Cory Colliers (William Cory & Son) Ltd. 52 Mark Lane, London. Originally in the coal trade, became tug operators. Later renamed to Cory Towage Ltd.
About Builders
 Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland

Peter Austin (1) (1826-1846)
Peter Austin (2) (1846-1860)
Austin & Son (1860-1874)
Austin & Hunter (1874-1879)

S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. (1879-1896)
S. P. Austin Ltd. (1896-1953)

Austin’s was famous for its pontoon, which opened in 1904. The pontoon was a platform that could be sunk below a ship, then re-floated to raise the ship out of the water.

Austin’s merged with Pickersgill’s in 1954 to become Austin and Pickersgill. The yard closed in 1956

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