greek Aghios Spyridon SS? [+1917]
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general
nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1878
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 1618  grt
dimensions 78.8 x 10.6 x 5.9 m
material iron
engine compound engine, 2 boilers
power 175  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 192
IMO/Off. no. 79693
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 12/02/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
engine by
Richardson T. & Sons, Hartlepool
last owner
[1]Roussos John & Sons, Piraeus
Aghios Spyridon SS? [+1917]
period 1916 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
prev. owners
[2]La Phocéenne - S.A. d'Armement et de Navigation à Vapeur La Phocéenne
SS Castella
period 1910 ~ 1916
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[3]La Phocéenne - S.A. d'Armement et de Navigation à Vapeur La Phocéenne
SS Fanni
period 1907 ~ 1910
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[4]La Phocéenne - S.A. d'Armement et de Navigation à Vapeur La Phocéenne
SS Fanni
period 1905 ~ 1907
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[5]Caloutsas P J, Andros
SS Fanni
period 1901 ~ 1905
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[6]Moraitis D.G., Andros
SS Fanni
period 1896 ~ 1901
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[7]Galbraith, Pembroke & Co. Ltd., London
SS Rugby
period 1888 ~ 1896
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
[8]Pembroke E., London
SS Rugby
period 1878 ~ 1888
IMO/Off. no.: 79693
captain Vroulis
about the wreck
depth (m.) 36 max. / 31 min. (m)
orientation 67°
position on seabed upright
visibility excellent
current strong
sea bed gravel
protected no
war grave no
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 21/03/2011
 
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Lettens Jan17/03/2010On February 12th, 1917, the Greek steamship Aghios Spyridon was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-47 (Paul Hundius), in the Bristol Channel, 5 miles off Pendeen lighthouse. She was en route with a cargo of coal from Sansea to Naples.
Lockett Graham13/12/2009A large brass letter "R" was recovered from the bow area by a NACSAC diver in July 2009. A letter "B" is also reported to have been previously recovered by a Penzance BSAC diver. Although this points to the wreck being the Vine Branch, U55s KTB (war diary) states that it was sunk at 50.02N, 13.58W and was seen to sink. This is some 400 miles away!

This wreck is considered to be the Aghios Spyridon 1618 ton, torpedoed by UC47 12.2.1917 "5 miles off Pendeen lighthouse", according to Lloyds 1st World War losses . This wreck is almost exactly 5 miles off the lighthouse. Most importantly she was launched as "RUGBY", hence the brass "R" & "B". Engine cylinder measuring to be carried out idc.
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 William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
William Gray and Company of Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, was a shipbuilding firm from 1874-1963. They were the largest firm of shipbuilders in the Hartlepools and also lasted longer than any other local shipbuilding firm. For a hundred years the company ensured the towns’ prosperity by giving jobs to thousands of local people.

William Gray and Co always maintained its reputation for being in the vanguard of technological and technical innovation. The company regularly topped the output for British shipyards in the last decade of the nineteenth and early 20th century. Between 1883 and 1887 the yard expanded through the acquisition of one ten acre site (Central) and a three berth shipyard (Jackson).

Towards the end of the 19th century, demand was for bigger ships which could carry more cargo. This led to the opening, in 1887, of another Gray shipyard at the end of the Central Dock. In 1890 William Gray was knighted. He was active in the civil life of Hartlepool having been the first mayor of West Hartlepool among many other achievements.

In 1896 Matthew Gray died in 1896, followed two years later by both Sir William Gray, and Thomas Mudd. This left Sir William’s younger son, William Cresswell Gray, as Chairman of the company. In 1898 Sir William Gray died. His surviving son William Cresswell Gray became director of the yards.

During WWI output was 30 cargo-liners and tramps built to private order, 13 vessels built to Admiralty order and 30 standard "WAR" tramps built for the Shipping Controller. King George V and Queen Mary visited the yard to boost morale. The yard had a 100-ton hammer head crane which was a Hartlepool landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s.

The Company went into voluntary liquidation in 1962. The various yards were either acquired, auctioned or demolished in 1963.

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Richardson T. & Sons, Hartlepool
Thomas Richardson developed his business of marine steam engines, but constructed two vessels in 1845-1846. He died in 1850 and his two sons, Thomas and John built a further series of vessels between 1855 and 1857. The Richardson name became prominent in the field of marine engineering in the town. --- Company became T. Richardson & Son Ltd., Hartlepool

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