british Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co. SS Wychwood ? [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1934
status
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weight (tons) 2794  grt
dimensions 93.3 x 13.7 x 5.8 m
engine triple expansion engine
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speed 10  knots
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cause lost mine
date lost 03/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Austin S. P. & Son Ltd., Sunderland
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Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co., London
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depth (m.) 29 max. / 20.6 min. (m)
orientation 25°
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entered 27/08/2008
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Tyne & Wear Shipping - Wm. France, Fenwick & Co., London

Wm France, Fenwick & Co was formed in 1901 by the amalgamation of the fleets of Fenwick, Stobart & Co,
H. C. Pelly & Co and William France & Co. The company’s initial trade was coal from the Wear and Goole to London but this later expanded to Baltic ports, returning with timber.
Many of their ships were requisitioned by the Admiralty during the Great War for use as fleet colliers and six ships were lost to enemy action. During World War II, a further twelve ships were sunk.
In 1946 Coastwise Colliers was formed by W. Cory & Son, Stephenson Clarke and France, Fenwick to charter colliers to the London Electricity Company and several ships were transferred from each partner. This company was managed by France, Fenwick. However, with the nationalisation of the electricity industry in 1948 these ships were returned to their respective owners.
Occasional sailings were also made to Canada to take part in the St. Lawrence coal trade. France, Fenwick also branched into the bulk sugar trade from the West Indies and esparto grass from North Africa as well as general tramping. By 1972 with falling freight rates, the company gradually withdrew from ship owning and the fleet was managed by Houlder Bros until it was sold in 1974 to Jessel Securities finance group.

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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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