british Field Line - Evan Jones & Co. SS Eastfield [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1901
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 2145  grt
dimensions 87.2 x 13.1 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion engine, 3 cylinder.
armament armed merchantship
power 212  h.p.
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yard no. 113
IMO/Off. no. 112797
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 27/11/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 668
about people
builder
Osbourne, Graham & Co. Ltd., North Hylton (Sunderland)
owner
Field Line - Evan Jones & Co., Cardiff
captain
about the wreck
status hull breaking down
depth (m.) 55 max. / 47 min. (m)
orientation 90°
position on seabed upright
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 01/05/2012
 
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Remarkably intact, although the wreck has been commercially salvaged, and she lies mostly upright. She carried a small gun on her stern. Depth: 40-43m, Depth:18 meters ?

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Kevsussex26/09/2007SS EASTFIELD - An Earlier Incident. Having recently returned from a 3 month voyage to Borneo, the SS Eastfield was en-route from Barry Docks, South Wales, to Hull with a cargo of ballast. On Friday 3rd December 1909 the vessel got into difficulties off Newhaven and fired distress flares. She dropped anchor off Birling Gap but drifted east, coming to rest at 4am between Birling Gap and Beachy Hea d.

The crew of 21 (and one stowaway) managed to walk off the ship to the safety of the cliff-ladder at Birling Gap. On 14th December 1909 five tugs and a salvage vessel attempted to re-float the ship but failed. On Boxing day 1909 the eastfield managed to free itself unaided and steamed to Tilbury to be checked.
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Allen Tony08/02/2010Eastfield was a 2,145grt, defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. On the 27th November 1917 when 7 miles ESE from Dodman Point, Cornwall, England she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine UB-57. 1 life lost. She was 286 ft long with a beam of 43 ft and powered by a 3 cylinder 212 hp engine with single screw. The Eastfield carried a crew of 23 and was armed with a single 90mm gun mounted on her stern.

On 27 November 1917 the Eastfield was on a voyage from Newport to deliver her cargo of coal to Dieppe. At 10.40am the German Submarine UB-57 fired a single torpedo without warning.
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007Steamship of 2.150 tons, torpedoed by a U-boat on 27th November, 1917.

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