british SS Saxon Briton [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1883
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 1337  grt
dimensions 76.2 x 10.7 x 5.2 m
material iron
engine Compound expansion engine, single screw., 1 boiler
armament armed merchantship
power 99  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 49
IMO/Off. no. 87493
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 06/02/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 666
about people
builder
Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Willington (N. & S. Shields)
engine by
Black, Hawthorn & Co. Ltd., Gateshead (Sunderland)
last owner
[1]South Shield Steamship Co. Ltd. - Walker & Bain, Grangemouth
SS Saxon Briton [+1917]
period 1914 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 87493
prev. owners
[2]Mackay & Co. (G.G. & A.Y.), Grangemouth
SS Saxon Briton
period 1905 ~ 1914
IMO/Off. no.: 87493
[3]Gibbs & Lee, Cardiff
SS Saxon Briton
period 1883 ~ 1905
IMO/Off. no.: 87493
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 36 max. / 31 min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed upright
visibility excellent
current strong
sea bed sand and gravel
protected no
war grave no
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 25/10/2012
 
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Lettens Jan22/09/2011SS Saxon Briton, built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co., Newcastle in 1883 and owned at the time of her loss by Kerse SS. Co. Ltd. (Walker & Bain), Grangemouth, was a British steamer of 1337 tons.

On February 6th, 1917, Saxon Briton, on a voyage from Portishead to Calais with a cargo of petrol, was sunk by the German submarine U-55 (Wilhelm Werner), 3 miles NNE of Gurnards Head. 2 persons were lost.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Saxon Briton was a 1.337grt, defensively-armed British Merchant ship. On the 6th February 1917 when 3 miles NNE from Gurnard Head, North Cornwall she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a submarine. 2 lives lost.

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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.
 
 
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