british Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Towneley [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1910
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weight (tons) 2476  grt
dimensions 93.3 x 12.8 x 5.8 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
armament armed merchantship
power 254  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 165
IMO/Off. no. 129756
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 31/01/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 661
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Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
no. of crew 24
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depth (m.) 45 max. / 30 min. (m)
orientation 95°
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Sank 18 miles NE ¼ E from Trevose Head.

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Lettens Jan26/10/2011SS Towneley, built by Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1910 and owned at the time of her loss by Burnett SS. Co. Ltd., Newcastle, was a British steamer of 2476 tons.

On January 31st, 1918, Towneley, on a voyage from Devonport to Barry Roads in ballast, was sunk by the German submarine U-46 (Leo Hillebrand), 18 miles bearing 048° (NE ¼ E) from Trevose Head. 6 persons were lost.
Allen Tony01/09/2007Towneley SS was a 2.476 grt defensively armed British Merchant steamer was torpedoed without warning by a German submarine U-46 on the 31st January 1918, 18 miles NE ¼ E from Trevose Head, North Cornwall. 6 lives were lost including Master. Vessel was on route from Devonport for Barry Roads. Owned by Burnett & Co, Newcastle.
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About Owners
Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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About Builders
 Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Wood, Skinner and Co of Bill Quay, Newcastle-on-Tyne --- James Skinner and William Wood opened the Tyne yard with six slipways, in 1883 at Bill Quay. Both of the business partners had experience working for other well-known shipbuilders. Initially the yard built coasters and short-sea traders, largely for Scandinavian companies. In 1897 it incorporated as a limited company. In 1914 the company was listed as shipbuilders and repairers at Bill Quay. The yard also made ships for the Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd of Newcastle. The small steamer Angelus was the first of 30 colliers and short-sea traders to come from the yard. Burnett had a strong working relationship with Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd for 32 years. It only came to an end when Wood, Skinner went into liquidation in 1925. During WW1 the yards output included 12 self trimming colliers, two "Insect" class boats and six WAR 'C' and 'D' ships. Between 1921-25 the yard relied heavily on orders from Gas, Light and Coke Company and Burnett, Sharp and Stephenson, Clarke building a total of 11 ships for them in this period. The yard failed financially in 1925 having built 330 small vessels and maintaining a reputation for building colliers.

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