british Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co) SS Lanterna (?) [+1916]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1882
live live
weight (tons) 1685  grt
dimensions 80.8 x 11 x 5.7 m
material iron
engine 1 x 2 cyl. compound expansion engine, two boilers, single screw.
power 187  h.p.
yard no. 40
IMO/Off. no. 86122
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 06/10/1916  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co), London
SS Lanterna (?) [+1916]
period 1916 ~ 1916
IMO/Off. no.: 86122
prev. owners
[2]Handcock Edmund & Co., Cardiff
SS Carn Brea
period 1882 ~ 1916
IMO/Off. no.: 86122
about the wreck
depth (m.) 12 max. / 11 min. (m)
orientation 45°
war grave
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last update Racey Carl
last update 15/04/2013
Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Hennessey Paul06/08/2013

Well dispersed and sanded. Boilers x2 are upright but only show about 3 feet above the seabed. Aft of the boilers is what is left of the engine, this being upturned with the forked ends of the con-rods pointing upwards. There is no sign of the crank or prop shaft. I should imagine this as being long buried by the sand along with much else of the Lanterna. A small donkey boiler is to be found a short distance aft of the engine.

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Lettens Jan10/02/2011SS Lanterna, built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1882 and owned at the time of her loss by Gas Light & Coke Co. (Stephenson Clarke & Co., mgrs.), London, was a British steamer of 1685 tons.

On October 6th, 1916, Lanterna, on a voyage from Tyne to London with a cargo of coal, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-1 (Heinrich Küstner), 2,5 miles NE1/2E Cromer. There were no casualties.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Lanterna was a 1,685grt British Merchantship. On the 6th October 1916 when 2½ miles NE ½ E from Cromer she hit a mine and sank.
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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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 Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
A point of interest: the first 25 ships built by this company, without exception, were all lost at sea or wrecked. Of the first 50 ships built only 3 would see a full life of service and make it to the breakers yard.

North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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