british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Murdoch ? [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1941
live live
weight (tons) 2717  grt
dimensions 94.9 x 13.5 x 5.9 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion, two boilers, single screw, machinery aft.
power 242  n.h.p.
yard no. 357
about the loss
cause lost submerged object
other reasons water leakage (flooding)
date lost 26/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
about the wreck
depth (m.) 13 max. / 10.9 min. (m)
orientation 160°
war grave
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Racey Carl29/01/2012ON the 26/04/1941 the London steamer MURDOCH was on passage from Sunderland to London, with a cargo of coal, when she struck a sunken wreck 6 miles SE of the Dudgeon buoy, but continued on passage with a severe leak, finally sinking inside the N Scroby Sand.
The wreck was dispersed by explosives in 1950, since two masts and her bridge structure showed above the surface at low water.
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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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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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