british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Gasfire [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1936
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weight (tons) 2972  grt
dimensions 97 x 13.9 x 6.1 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Co. Ltd. Sunderland, two single boilers, single screw
armament armed
power 259  n.h.p.
yard no. 338
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 21/06/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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[1]Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
SS Gasfire [+1941]
period --- ~ 1941
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[2]Stephenson Clarke & Associated Companies Ltd., London
SS Gasfire
period 1936 ~ ---
about the wreck
depth (m.) 33 max. / 24.5 min. (m)
orientation 114°
war grave
entered by Jan Lettens
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 12/09/2011
[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens11/09/2011On 18 October 1940, convoy FN-311 was attacked by a German Schnellboot Flotilla, consisting of S-18, S-24 and S-27.

British freighter HAUXLEY (1.595 tons) was torpedoed and sunk by S-18 (Christiansen).

British freighter GASFIRE (by S-24 Töniges) and French freighter P.L.M. 14 (by S-27 Büchting) were also torpedoed but not sunk.

GASFIRE (2.942 tons) was sunk later by mines laid by E-boats, off Lowestoft, on 21 June 1941, together with KENNETH HAWKSFIELD (1.546 tons).
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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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 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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