british Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son) SS Hurstwood [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1906
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weight (tons) 1229  grt
dimensions 33.7 x 5.9 x 3.3 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine by G. Clark Ltd. Sunderland, 1 single boiler, single screw
armament none
power 179  n.h.p.
yard no. 234
IMO/Off. no. 120651
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 05/02/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 665
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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Clark George Ltd., Sunderland
Cory Colliers Ltd. (Wm. Cory & Son), London
captain T. R. Willes
no. of crew 15
about the wreck
status well broken up
depth (m.) 52 max. / 47 min. (m)
orientation 85°
position on seabed upright
visibility good
current normal
sea bed hard ground
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl27/01/2010The Cory collier s.s. HURSTWOOD was returning to Newcastle in ballast after delivering coal to London. She was making 9 knots in a choppy northerly sea on a NW heading. At 12.45 p.m. a British destroyer was sighted 3 miles eastward steaming southward at a high rate of speed. Twenty minutes later there were no ships in sight when a periscope was spotted 150 yards SW. Soon afterwards a torpedo struck amidships without being seen. The explosion blew up the engines, the Chief engineer and fireman were killed outright and 2 others badly injured.

The surviving crew of 11 took to a boat and pulled towards land for about a mile before being picked up by the armed trawler SWALLOW and taken to Whitby. A donkeyman died of his injuries before reaching shore. The master was later criticised for not following a zig-zag course despite having plenty of sea room. The master argued that his vessel was too slow to make much use of this procedure.
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Racey Carl27/01/2010HURSTWOOD 1229 g/tons, built 1906 by S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland. (Wear Dock), Yard No 234. Owned by Cory Colliers Ltd. (William Cory) 52 Mark Lane, London.
On 05/02/1917 whilst on passage London for the Tyne in ballast the HURSTWOOD was torpedoed and sunk by UB-34 some 6 miles NE of Whitby. The torpedo struck port side blowing a 3ft wide hole above and below the waterline amidships, wrecking the engine. Hit at 11.50 a.m. the vessel sank at 1.15 p.m.; 15 crew, 3 men died in the explosion.
The HURSTWOOD was 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, the others were: Brentwood, Ocean, Harberton, Veron, Sir Francis, Harrow, Corsham and Highgate. The Deptford was mined off Scarborough in 1915.
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Racey Carl26/10/2009The UB-34 started a run of distruction along the Yorkshire coast when she torpedoed and sunk the Cory Collier HURSTWOOD, off Whitby, on 05/02/1917. The Italian steamer FERRUCIO was torpedoed off Robin Hood’s Bay on 06/02/1917. The Prince Line steamer CORSICAN PRINCE was torpedoed off Whitby High on 07/02/1917, and shortly afterwards, the Glasgow steamer SAINT NINIAN was torpedoed whilst picking up survivors from the CORSICAN PRINCE. On 08/09/1917 the Norwegian steamer ALADDIN was torpedoed 4nm North Flamborough Head. On 27/09/1917 the Cardiff steamer GRELTORIA , on her maiden voyage, was torpedoed 3 miles off Flamborough Head. The next victim of the UB-34 was the LADY HELEN, torpedoed on 27/10/1917, to the north of Scarborough.

The following year, on 24/01/1918, the tug HMS DESIRE was scuttled south of Redcar, whilst towing two lighters. Two days later the Newcastle steamer HARTLEY was torpedoed 2 miles NE of Skinningrove. The Norwegian collier ATHOS was torpedoed the same day off Runswick Bay. On the 13/03/1918 the Norwegian steamer ADINE was torpedoed off Redcar. The last victim of the UB-34, along the Yorkshire coast, was the special service vessel (Q-ship) s.s. LOWTYNE, sunk without warning, 3.5 miles ESE of Whitby.
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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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