british Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway) SS Miniota [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1914
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 6422  grt
dimensions 127.7 x 16.8 x 7.3 m
engine triple expansion, 3 boilers
power 490  h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 834
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 31/08/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 664
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
last owner
[1]Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool
SS Miniota [+1917]
period 1916 ~ 1917
prev. owners
[2]Pyman Bros. - London & Northern S.S. Co., London
SS Hackness
period 1914 ~ 1916
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 68 max. / 52 min. (m)
orientation 150°
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 31/08/2011
 
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[1] Lettens Jan27/08/2008
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Wreck is in pieces, orientation:E-W

Allen Tony26/06/2007

Wrecks stand 10 metre high. Has been salvaged. I have the position as 50.03.42N 02.29.15W.

Toerag08/09/2006

Huge pile of live WW1 artillery shells as the wreck has now collapsed.

Lettens Jan22/04/2010

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Chipchase Nick17/07/2009

Miniota was initially identified by shellcases dated 1917 and aluminium ingots. Later a bell marked " Hackness " was raised in 1997.
The wreck is well broken and collapsed. It may have been depth charged in WW2. The three boilers are exposed and the engine lies on its side. Close by is the remains of a deckhouse and collapsed decking. The shaft tunnel is exposed and in this area are the small aluminium ingots and munitions. The stern is intact but the rudder has fallen off. There is a  trawl net on the port side.
Midships there is an area of what looks like rocks, apparently part of an ore cargo the ship was carrying. There is no obvious sign of the silver mention in her manifest. Depth to seabed 68m.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Miniota S/S was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-19 on 31/08/1917. 3 lives were lost.

She was bound from Montreal to Portland. Cargo reported to be 50T Aluminium, 200T Brass, 108253 ounces of Silver.

Built 1913. ex HACKNESS. Was purchased from Pyman Bros. London and renamed Miniota.
Chipchase Nick17/07/2009Further cargo from the manifest is-
Provisions, Bacon, Books etc. 500 tons TNT, 1044 tons shells inc 18pdr, 50 tons aluminium.


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About Owners
 
Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool

Canadian Pacific was a Canadian company which owned ships, trains and planes:

The original company was Canadian Pacific Railway Co. incorporated in 1882 as a Canadian company.

In 1901, Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. was bought.

In 1915, Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. was formed in Liverpool.

In 1921 the name was changed to Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.

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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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