british Murrell Joseph E. & Son SS Thurston [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class WWI C-class standard cargo ship (br.)
propulsion steam
date built 1918
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 3072  grt
dimensions 104.3 x 14.3 x 7.1 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 430  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
yard no. 248
IMO/Off. no. 142666
call sign
GNFQ  
GNFQ
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 04/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.34rank: 612
about people
builder
Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
engine by
Dickinson, John & Sons, Sunderland
last owner
[1]Murrell Joseph E. & Son, West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
SS Thurston [+1940]
period 1927 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 142666
call sign: 
GNFQ
prev. owners
[2]Hessler & Co. (Swift S.S. Co. Ltd), West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
SS Vera Kathleen
period 1919 ~ 1927
IMO/Off. no.: 142666
[3]TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI), London
SS War Sky
period 1918 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 142666
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 65 max. / 44 min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
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[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony06/02/2009Thurston SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1918 by Blumer, North Dock, Sunderland for the Shipping Controller as the WAR SKY SS. In 1919 she was renamed VERA KATHLEEN SS for her new owner and in 1927 she was renamed THURSTON SS and owned by MURRELL & SON, JOSEPH E, MURRELL STEAMSHIP CO LTD. On the 4th March 1940 when on route from TAKORADI for WORKINGTON, UK carrying 4500 tons of manganese ore when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-29 and sunk.

All 34 crew were lost.
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About Builders
 Blumer, John & Co., Sunderland
The company was established in 1859 by John Blumer and started wooden shipbuilding in North Sands. By 1864 Blumer moved on to iron steamers. He built a variety of ships ranging from tramps to colliers to coastal packets. His customers ranged from P&O to the Admiralty. In 1914 listed as Iron Ship Builders of North Dock, Sunderland. 14 ships of 48,456 tons were completed during the WWI:- five Admiralty lighters and eight standard WAR "C" types were ordered by the Shipping Controller. Five were completed after the end of the War. From 1915-22 a further 18 ships were built to private order. Scarcity of orders led to closure of the yard after the completion of Ixia in July 1922.

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