british SS Box Hill [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1920
live live
weight (tons) 5677  grt
dimensions 137.2 x 16.8 x 7.9 m
material steel
engine triple expansion by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Newcastle, three single boilers, 12 corrugated furnaces, single screw.
power 586  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
yard no. 490
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 31/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.20rank: 636
about people
Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
engine by
Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
last owner
[1]Surrey Steam Ship Co. Ltd., London
SS Box Hill [+1939]
period 1934 ~ 1939
prev. owners
[2]Dalgliesh Steam Shipping - Dalgliesh R. S. - Robert Stanley Shipping, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Glentworth
period 1920 ~ 1934
captain William Kennedy
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) 13 max. / 14.9 min. (m)
orientation 45°
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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last update 30/12/2010
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Racey Carl07/11/2009Final voyage:- On 31 December the SS Box Hill detonated a German-laid mine, foundered and was lost 9 nautical miles off the Humber lightvessel. She was carrying a cargo of wheat on passage from St John, New Brunswick for Hull, with her crew of twenty-two, all of whom were lost. The vessel broke completely in half and sank almost immediately. Her mainmast and smokestack were showing above the surface facing south-east, while her bow section pointed south-west.

The wreck was dispersed using heavy explosives in 1952 and is now marked on the Admiralty chart as a ‘foul’ ground.
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 Young, Ron, Shipwrecks Of The East Coast Vol 2
Racey Carl07/11/2009Buit as the GLENTWORTH for R. S. Dalgliesh; Yard No 490; Launch Date 15/07/1920; In 1934 owned by Surrey Steam Ship Co. Ltd., London and re-named BOX HILL; From 1936-37 vessel managed by Counties Ship Management Co. Ltd., London; Whilst the BOX HILL was on passage from Halifax to Hull, with 8,452 tons of wheat, she struck a German laid mine and sank off the Humber; 20 lives lost.
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About Builders
 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.

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