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Graham of Tulsa, Oklahoma) and the many pages available at the 'Doxford Engine Friends Association' website, available through this page. Captain Murcassen was brought ashore in a boatswain's chair & his wife too a little later, while the crew stayed aboard until the wreck could be surveyed. In early 1917, (thanks Michael Lowery), Arctic was part owned by 'W. I do not know the name of the business when it was first established - maybe just 'William Doxford'? Per 1 (Toronto Marine Historical Society), 2 (data, Kwasind), 3 (), 4 (3 page illustrated article re 1906 wreck, ex 'The Island Magazine' #24 of 1988), 5 (image, Turret Bell. There are references to the vessel being 'Turrett Bell', including this reference to the vessel going aground, on Jul. As a result of that survey, the vessel was abandoned, & declared a constructive total loss. The new premises, together with a fitting out quay, equipped with a 100 ton radial crane, was commenced in 1902. The vendor stated that the 'mechanical book' was made by White & Pick Ltd., model specialists, of Birmingham. 2017 from an Australian vendor (here), stated to date from 1922. APPLICANT: ROBERT PILE DOXFORD and KARL OTTO KELLER both of Pallion Yard, Sunderland, County of Durham. Opposed-piston engines are already known of a type comprising a pair of parallel cylinders, two pistons in each cylinder reciprocating in them, two cranks allotted to the respective pairs of pistons, and main connecting rods each such rod operatively connecting the piston that is at one end of each cylinder with one of the cranks aforesaid.... Maybe that name was to perpetuate the famous shipbuilding name of William Pile? He has been busy researching the family history & tells me that the mother of 'Robert Pile Doxford' was Hannah Pile, the aunt of William Pile (1823-1873), the famous shipbuilder.
And amongst that data is a 'Report to the Shareholders' of 'William Doxford and Sons, Limited', respecting a meeting of Ordinary Shareholders held on March 11, 1907. Images of Doxford family members prominent in the history of the shipbuilding company can be seen here, in a page from a 1922 promotional booklet published by the company. The tiny white area in the middle at the bottom is a cog wheel & when it is rotated the pistons go up and down! After WW1, orders for new ships dried up, & Doxfords closed down from September 1924 to April 1927. I read that in 1946, the company took over the Palmer's Hill, Sunderland, engine works of John Dickinson & Sons Ltd. It would be good to be able to read the inquiry's actual report. Per 1 (data), 2 (page in Spanish, Principality 80% down), 3 (data), 4 (1885 ref. Believed to have been lost at Cape Horn, where wreckage, identified as being from Principality, was later found. Miramar states last spoken to at 23.30S/22.05W on May 13, 1905. Per 1 (9th item Thomas), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Y., May 1, 1906, Kate Thomas/Blanefield, but image at bottom left), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). There is some confusion as to how many died - most WWW sites state that 36 Blanefield lives were lost but read the text re Blanefield, & the bottom image at left there, which indicates that it may have been five only. 1889, name spelled Marmari), 2 [Shaw Savill, Mamari (1) 85% down], 3 (20 Nov. Houston & Company, but maybe more accurately 'British & South American Steam Navigation Company', a line which specialised in refrigerated ships, & renamed Hesione. 23, 1915, Hesione was hit by a torpedo & captured by U-41, Kapitnleutnant Claus Hansen in command, while 86 miles SE of Fastnet (SW Ireland) & en route from Liverpool to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a general cargo. Likely used to carry iron ore from Spanish mines to English ports. 1911, the vessel was en route from 'Porman' (per an e Bay listing. coast of Spain) to Maryport, Cumberland, with a cargo of iron ore. 26, 1911, the vessel ran aground on Hats Ledge, Crow Sound, Isles of Scilly, & became a total wreck. Per 1 (greatest repair story), 2 (Wikipedia, Fazilka), 3 (British India, Fazilka), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Accommodation for 12 passengers in 1st Class & 1,650 Deck Class. Per 1 (data, image), 2 (launch, ex 'The Engineer', of Apl. 7, 1901 article in 'The Republican' of Estherville, Iowa, (at left) that 'Wreckage and signs of habitation was discovered on Bikar in 1901, suggesting that the ship had come to grief there, and that the survivors had pushed off in lifeboats shortly before the discovery. Most of the above is consistent, or so it seems to the webmaster - i.e. The vessel was at Sharpness Docks, Bristol, in Feb. In 1911, the vessel was sold to Cogneti Schiaffino, of Genoa, Italy, & renamed Solideo. 3, 1917 it was torpedoed without warning & sunk in North Atlantic, 150 miles west of Fastnet, (SW tip of Ireland) with the loss of 52 lives, including the Master. Porter was soon re-floated, by 'Donnelly Wreckage & Salvage Company', while Turret Age suffered negligible damage. 25, 1900, the vessel, approaching the Quarken Channel, stranded on the Sor Gadden Reef, 1 1/2 miles ESE of the Holmogadd Light (near Umea, Sweden). The ship proceeded to pass through the Rebecca Channel (E. Captain Brady became incapacitated due to fever & William Tate (first officer & brother of Arthur) assumed command. 3, 1902, Firth of Forth stranded at full speed 2 1/2 miles NW of Lavina Bank (W. Coal was discharged to lighten the vessel & with the assistance of two tugs, she was pulled off to then proceed to Newport News, Virginia, where she re-coaled. Pumping was therefore stopped (no power), water continued to flood in & at 7 a.m. G., the managers) of Emden, Germany, & renamed Caroline Hemsoth. In 1921, the vessel was sold to 'Alfred Calvert Ltd.' & registered at Poole. It was sold again, in 1926, to "Holland" Sciffahrts G.m.b. And sold again, to 'Zerssen & Co.', of Rendsburg, Germany, in 1930.
It moved its facilities downstream on the River Wear to Pallion in 1857. ) states that the vessel was then owned by 'Mac Kenzie & Mann' of Montreal (I had read that in 1907, the vessel was owned by Canadian Lake & Ocean Navigation Co.
Pallion, is, I understand, upstream of the present rail & road bridges in central Sunderland, the shipbuilding yard being located (or I should say located since all shipbuilding ended there in 1988) on the south side of the river close to (west of) the Queen Alexandra Bridge - about 3 miles from the mouth of the river. The vessel was too long to be able to transit the St. Ltd., a subsidiary of 'Mackenzie & Mann', & chartered to 'Inverness Railway and Coal Company' of Port Hastings).
Other family members, active in the early 1920s, are shown also. In 1956 the two parts of the business were placed in separate entities - re the shipbuilding side into 'William Doxford & Sons (Shipbuilders) Ltd.' (a booklet published by that company, likely in 1962, is here) & the engineering side into 'William Doxford & Sons (Engineers) Ltd.'. Penzance steamer India, of 364 tons, ran into the starboard side of Kate Thomas at 4 a.m. The vessel sank a few minutes (10 or 15) after the collision. 1900 while en route in ballast from Mauritius to Colombo, Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka). coast of Great Nicobar Island in bad weather en route Penang/Calcutta (or Madras) with cargo & passengers. 88.4 metres long, perpendicular to perpendicular, 290 ft., two masts, schooner rigged, speed of 10 or maybe 11 knots. Built to serve the Newcastle, New South Wales ('NSW'), Australia, & Melbourne coal trade. 1898 the vessel was chartered to Adelaide Steamship Co. Coull in command, with a crew of 30 all told (have also read 21, 29 & 37), left Port Kembla, NSW, bound for Albany, Western Australia, with a cargo of coal. The available data re this vessel is, to me at least, confused. While 2 used to state that the Doxford vessel was unapproved & therefore built under licence. 94.8 metres long, perpendicular to perpendicular, 311.0 ft., speed of about 11 knots, with engines aft, signal letters NDWP. She was refloated on the 29th, sank again on the 30th & was abandoned on Oct. It would seem likely that the vessel was deliberately scuttled. Stevenson), 2 (data Caroline Hemsoth), 3 (Lloyds), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
I have read that the company became 'Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited' in 1961, following a merger with 'Sunderland Shipbuilding, Dry Docks & Engineering Co. By the 1887/88 edition of Lloyd's, the vessel was owned by 'W. It would seem that William Mc Taggart, of Mc Taggart Tidman & Co., of London, was one of the partners that created 'Eastern & Australian Mail Steamship Co.' The vessel was engaged on the Australia to Singapore run until 1902 & then on the Australia to Hong Kong & Japan route. India, which suffered major bow damage, did stop at the accident scene. The vessel was given up for lost - it took 48 days to reach Colombo after the shaft sheered. Used to transport Indian indentured labourers to the colonies (5 such trips to Fiji, 1901 thru 1907, listed at 2 with passenger load of each trip indicated). The webmaster has just 2 editions of Lloyd's Registers available to him, ex Google Books, see left. And in early 1899, it would seem, was chartered to Huddart, Parker & Co. It would seem that the vessel ran into a full gale (a terrific cyclone) & possibly also fog. 1900, the vessel left New York bound for Yokohama, Japan, Captain N. Clemens in command, with a cargo of kerosene & a crew of 25. While I provide the best data I can locate, this listing may well contain unintended errors. Could carry 3,700 tons of coal, but intended, perhaps, to carry wheat in bulk. for Petersen, Tate & Co., of Newcastle, which operated through 'Turret Steam Shipping Company Ltd.' In Apl. K., to Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, her propeller was damaged by contact with ice floes off St. 'The vessel's insurance did 'not apparently err on the side of inadequacy'.
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A larger site there was purchased, I read, in 1870, known as the 'West Yard'. Lawrence & Welland canals without being 'cut down' in size. 2, 1906, (then registered at Newcastle), the vessel ran into one of the worst storms ever in the Gulf of St. Turret Bell, en route from Montreal to Port Hastings, Cape Breton, to load a cargo of coal, was driven ashore at Cable Head, St. She ended up upright, 150 yards offshore, on a rocky ledge. 11, 1917, when en route from Bilbao, Spain, to Hartlepool with a cargo of iron ore, Kwasind hit a German mine, laid by German minelaying submarine UC-4, off the E. Have read near Southwold, Suffolk but have also read near Southend, Essex, both U.