british Alexander & Mair SS Milly [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1904
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weight (tons) 2964  grt
dimensions 99.1 x 14.4 x 6.8 m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
armament armed merchantship
speed 11  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 06/09/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 667
about people
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
last owner
[1]Alexander & Mair, Glasgow
SS Milly [+1918]
period 1914 ~ 1918
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[2]Groedel Bros. S. S. Co. Ltd., London
SS Ludwig Groedel
period 1904 ~ 1914
about the wreck
depth (m.) 38 max. / 20 min. (m)
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entered 27/08/2008
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last update 16/04/2011
Lettens Jan11/10/2011
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Hutchinson Steve09/12/2010

Sadly sinking into sand. From Boilers amidships to stern lies flat, propshaft obvious. Stern still stands up. Midships forward it looks at first as if its missing untill you realise its under the sand. posible to follow bits of wreckage until at the bow where much chain remains
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Lettens Jan16/04/2011SS Milly, built by W. Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool in 1904 and owned at the time of her loss by Alexander & Mair, was a British steamer of 2964 tons.

On September 6th, 1918, Milly, on a voyage from Brest to Barry in ballast, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-87 (Karl Petri), 2 1/4 miles W3/4S from Tintagell Head. 2 persons were lost.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Milly, 2,964grt, defensively-armed British Merchantman on the 6 September 1918, 2¼ miles W ¾ S from Tintagel Head, Cornwall was torpedoed without warning and sunk by submarine, 2 lives lost.
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About Builders
 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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