british Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Wallsend [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1917
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weight (tons) 2697  grt
dimensions 97.84 x 13.17 x 5.94 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion by N.E.M.E. Co. Ltd. Sunderland, two single boilers, single screw
armament 1 x 18 pounder stern gun and 1 No Lewis gun.
power 295  n.h.p.
yard no. 205
IMO/Off. no. 140702
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 14/08/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
captain Horace Smith
no. of crew 26
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) 33 max. / -- min. (m)
position on seabed to port
visibility average
current weak
sea bed rocks
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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last update 21/04/2013
[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens29/05/2013

The wreck lies in a maximum depth of 33 metre of water, her bows lie upside down and the stern rests on its port side. This makes an excellent dive when a strong Westerly wind prevents diving further offshore, as she is protected by the high cliffs.

The Wallsend was armed for defence and the gun lies on the sea bed just to the stern of the wreck, this is quite a good dive with plenty of wreckage to be seen.
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Jan Lettens13/01/2012SS Wallsend, built by Wood, Skinner & Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1917 and owned at the time of her loss by Burnett SS. Co. Ltd. (Burnett & Co.), Newcastle, was a British steamer of 2697 tons.

On August 14th, 1918, Wallsend, on a voyage from Hartlepool to London with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UB-104 (Thomas Bieber), 1 miles southeast of South Check, Robin Hood Bay. There were no casualties.
Racey Carl05/04/2009Built for Burnett S.S. Co. Ltd., Newcastle; Yard No 205; Fitted with 1 x 18 pounder stern gun and 1 No Lewis gun; Torpedoed by UB.104 at 1.50 p.m.; The torpedo struck abaft of the engine room in the after hold. Sank in 20 minutes; 26 crew, no lives lost.

One of three Burnett S.S. Co. lost to U-boats in this area, transporting coal during WW1. The other two were the BURNHOPE and BIRTLEYy.
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Racey Carl12/03/2009The s.s. WALLSEND had an exemption from convoy and was making her way from Hartlepool to London with 3850 tons of coal. She was hugging the coast off South Cheek on a S 1/2 E heading, running at 8 knots on a smooth sea.

At 2.05 p.m. both the master and chief officer heard a torpedo being fired and then saw it’s track, 300 yards away, approaching 2 points before the port beam to the eastward. The helm was put hard to starboard which resulted in the torpedo hitting in the after hold instead of the engine room.

The boats were lowered and one capsized as the ship healed over. All of the 24 crew crew got into them apart from the Master and Chief engineer who had to swim to safety. From the boats the crew saw a periscope. As the ship sank it proceeded southward and for a moment the conning tower was visible. The crew landed at Ravenscar.
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Jan Lettens06/08/20071917 Wood Skinner & Co., Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Burnett S.S. Co. Ltd; 2.697 tons; 97.84x13.1m;Screw, 3 cylinder triple expansion; The 2697 ton Wallsend, was hugging the coast for cover when she was torpedoed just aft of her engine room by German submarine UB-104 and sank in less than 20 minutes. The lookout spotted the torpedoes wake but too late to avoid the impact. At the time she was less than half a mile off the coast just south of Ravenscar, a known killing ground for u-boats.
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Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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 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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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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