british Booth Steamship Co. (Booth Line) SS Polycarp [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
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weight (tons) 3577  grt
dimensions 104 x 14.3 x -- m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. Triple expansion engine, three boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 403  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 540
IMO/Off. no. 140569
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 02/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
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Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
Booth Steamship Co. (Booth Line), Liverpool
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depth (m.) 101 max. / 93 min. (m)
orientation 165°
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entered 27/08/2008
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Allen Tony02/06/2008Polycarp SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 3,577 tons built in 1918 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow, Yard No 540 for the Booth Steamship Co Ltd (Booth Line) Liverpool. She was powered by a steam, triple expansion engine with 3 cylinders of 22 1/2, 39 & 67 inches diameter respectively; stroke 45 inches; operating at 215 p.s.i.; 403 nominal horsepower; 3 single ended boilers; 9 corrugated furnaces; grate surface 188 sq. ft.; heating surface 6,759 sq. ft.; Engines by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow.

On the 2nd June 1940 she was torpedoed by German submarine U-101 when 41 miles south of Lands End. All crew survived the attack and were rescued by the French ship ESPIGUETTE.
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Claes Johnny02/06/2008At 03.05 hours on 2 Jun, 1940, the unescorted Polycarp (Master Alexander Allan) was hit by one torpedo from U-101 and sank 41 miles south of Lands End. The master and 42 crew members were picked up by the French merchant Espiguette and landed at Newlyn.
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About Owners
Booth Steamship Co. (Booth Line), Liverpool

Founded in the 1866 as Alfred Booth & Co to operate services to Northern Brazil and the Amazon. In 1881 the Booth Steamship Co. was formed. In 1901 the Booth and Singlehurst's Red Cross Line were amalgamated into a single company and named Booth Steamship Co.(1901), Ltd. At the same time, to tidy up the tug and barge operations on the River Amazon, Booth & Co.was formed and these small units transferred to this company. In 1911 the Iquitos SS Co.and it's fleet was absorbed by Booth SS Co. In 1946 the Booth Line was sold to the Vestey Group of companies and in 1975 all the group's ships were pooled under Blue Star Ship Management Ltd and the Booth Line ceased to exist as a separate entity.

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 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.
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