british Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd. SS Cyrena (+1925)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1913
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 2138  grt
dimensions 87.8 x 11.9 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power  
speed 11  knots
yard no. 818
IMO/Off. no. 135184
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 24/05/1925  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
William Gray & Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool (Sunderland)
engine by
Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
owner
Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd., London
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[1] Joe Clarke, Building Ships On The North East Coast
[2]  teesbuiltships.co...
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entered 07/09/2011
last update Lockett Graham
last update 21/07/2013
 
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Shuggy21/07/2013A piece of Wanganui history will be auctioned off this weekend. Hayward's Auctions is holding an antiques and collectibles auction on Sunday, and among the items is one with a strong link to Wanganui - a barometer and thermometer from the SS Cyrena, which was wrecked in the mouth of the Whanganui River on May 24, 1925. Auctioneer Brian Hayward said the barometer came from the estate of George Broadhead, a former Wanganui jeweller.

"He purchased it at auction, and it was passed on through his family," Mr Hayward said. Both the barometer and thermometer were in perfect working order. Mr Hayward said it was unusual to have such an item up for auction in Wanganui. "It's a real piece of local history. It will have some value to those who collect nautical equipment." He said he would expect the barometer to fetch $1000-$2000 when it went under the hammer. The SS Cyrena was built in 1913. She was wrecked with a cargo of 40,000 cases of petrol while approaching the port at Castlecliff in stormy seas. She stranded on a shoal just outside the river mouth and despite being refloated, stranded again that evening, slightly north of the mouth. The ship broke in two during another storm on June 12 The remaining wreck was blown up....

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Rosser Dave30/04/2013CYRENA was wrecked May 24 1925 (NOT 1935)
Lockett Graham07/09/2011Wrecked 24th May 1935 at Wanganui, New Zealand when inward from Wellington with cased oil and spirit.

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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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Central Marine Engineering Works Ltd., Hartlepool
Central Marine Engine Works of West Hartlepool and Hartlepool
 
 
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Shuggy21/07/2013A piece of Wanganui history will be auctioned off this weekend. Hayward's Auctions is holding an antiques and collectibles auction on Sunday, and among the items is one with a strong link to Wanganui - a barometer and thermometer from the SS Cyrena, which was wrecked in the mouth of the Whanganui River on May 24, 1925. Auctioneer Brian Hayward said the barometer came from the estate of George Broadhead, a former Wanganui jeweller.

"He purchased it at auction, and it was passed on through his family," Mr Hayward said. Both the barometer and thermometer were in perfect working order. Mr Hayward said it was unusual to have such an item up for auction in Wanganui. "It's a real piece of local history. It will have some value to those who collect nautical equipment." He said he would expect the barometer to fetch $1000-$2000 when it went under the hammer. The SS Cyrena was built in 1913. She was wrecked with a cargo of 40,000 cases of petrol while approaching the port at Castlecliff in stormy seas. She stranded on a shoal just outside the river mouth and despite being refloated, stranded again that evening, slightly north of the mouth. The ship broke in two during another storm on June 12 The remaining wreck was blown up.

Mr Hayward said this Sunday's auction contained a number of interesting historical items, including a pair of elaborate German candelabra, dating to the 19th century. "We get a really good variety of stuff coming through the auction house," he said. The auction starts at 10am.
 
 
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