british Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.) MV Dallas City ? [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1936
live live
weight (tons) 4952  grt
dimensions 130.1 x 17.1 x 7.6 m
engine 4 cyl. 2SCSA Oil engine by William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, England.
power 687  h.p.
yard no. 248
IMO/Off. no. 161623
about the loss
cause lost air raid
other reasons collision
date lost 04/07/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
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Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff
about the wreck
depth (m.) 59 max. / 46 min. (m)
orientation 45°
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 12/10/2013
[1] Lettens Jan27/08/2008
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Two wrecks next to each other, from which one is a submarine. Lies minimum 52m deep, stands 6m high; length of the wreck is 65m, orientation SE-NW.

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Lettens Jan12/10/2013On July 4th, 1940, the British cargo ship DALLAS CITY, built in 1936 by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and owned at the time of her loss by Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd., on voyage from Tees to Curacao, Brisbane with a cargo of 7.469 tons of ammonium sulphate, was sunk in an air raid after drifting damaged in a collision.

Note: the position given by UKHO for this wreck seems to be wrong. Perhaps the other position we have (more to the northwest) is correct. Paul Duckworth reports: Having visited the UKHO position for the Dallas City last Thursday, 29 Aug 13, I can report that there is nothing there apart from flat seabed. Mark should be ammended to 'dead'.
Lettens Jan06/08/2007French MV; 4.952 tons; 130m. Sunk on 04/07/1940
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About Owners
Sir Wm Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. (Leeds Shipping, St. Just S.S., Cornborough Shipping, Instow S.S.), Cardiff

Reardon Smith founded his own company in 1905, Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, based in Cardiff.

The company owned the St Just Steamship Company, Leeds Shipping Company and Cornborough Shipping Line and W.R. Smith and Instow Steamship Co. Ltd..
About Builders
 Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
The Furness Shipbuilding Co. was part of the Furness, Withy and Co. shipbuilding empire based in Hartlepool in England. It had been built as an emergency shipyard to cope with the repair requirements of World War I. The yard was a massive 90 acres in size and had eight berths and two high tower cranes. -- To start a number of ships were ordered by and manufactured for the British Government along with orders from foreign companies. In mid 1919 the Furness family resigned from the Board of Furness, Withy and Co and a management buyout happened. This meant that during the first half of the 1920s there was a constant supply of orders for Furness, Withy & Co and its subsidiaries.

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Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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