british Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping) SS Deerpool (for'd Section) [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1930
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 5167  grt
dimensions 128.3 x 16.5 x 8.2 m
material steel
engine triple expansion by Central Marine Eng. Works Ltd. West Harltlepool, two single boilers, single screw
armament none
power 369  n.h.p.
speed  
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 12/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
owner
Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
captain
no. of crew 30
about the wreck
status broken in two sections
depth (m.) 5 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed upright
visibility bad
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl26/01/2010An S.O.S. message was received by the Humber Lifeboat stating that the DEERPOOL had ran aground near the Inner Binks Sandbank. The Humber Lifeboat was in attendance to the FIREGLOW but after dropping off the rescued crew, she went out again to the DEERPOOL. 27 of the crew were taken off by the Lifeboat but the Master and two officers remained on board. Hopes were high that the vessel would be refloated but the DEERPOOL foundered and became a total wreck, her masts and cross trees visible above the surface until 1948, after which she was dispersed by explosives.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Deerpool was built in 1930 by Wm. Gray & Co., West Hartlepool and owned by the Ropner Shipping Cpy. In 1939 stranded near Spurn Head and was lost.
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About Owners
 
Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. (Pool Shipping), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)

Lloyd's reference: 416
Founded in 1874 by Robert Ropner of Hartlepool, the company operated one of the largest fleets of tramp ships under the British flag. The principal business of the two companies which came under Sir R. Ropner & Co., were the Pool Shipping Co. and Ropner Shipping Co.
In 1946 a regular passenger / cargo service was started between Gulf of Mexico ports and the UK - Continent, originally from New Orleans and Houston to London and Bremen. Later the Continental calls were omitted with Liverpool, London and Manchester becoming the chief ports and occasional calls at Dublin and Glasgow. By 1954 the main ports in the Gulf were Mobile, New Orleans, Galveston, Houston, Tampa and Miami. This service continued until 1956 when it was discontinued due to strong competition from U.S. flagged ships. The ships were put to tramping and the passenger accommodation closed.
In 1997 the company was taken over by Jacobs Holdings Plc and still operates.

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About Builders
 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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