Wreck Information

TR Thomson

Position – 50 40.20N 0 05.53E

TR Thompson in port

TR Thompson in port

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 29 March 1918 sunk by torpedo from UB57

Voyage – Benisaf – Middlesborough with a cargo of iron

History

The TR Thompson was torpedoed by UB57. All but three of the 36 crew were lost in her sinking.

TR Thompson

TR Thompson

Specifications

Built – 1897 – Short Brothers, Sunderland

Owners – J. Westoll

Dimensions – 3538 tons 109m x 14m x 7m

Diving Information

The TR Thompson lies in a general depth of 30m and stands up to 14m. The wreck lies E/W with the bow to the east. She is upright but the stern is collapsing and the superstructure has collapsed. Wreck was identified in 1994 when the bell was recovered.

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Porthkerry

Position – 50 37.80N 0 18.76W

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 20 May1917 sunk by torpedo from UB40

Voyage – Portland – Sheerness with a cargo of coal

History

The Porthkerry was torpedoed by UB40 whilst picking up the crew of the SS Tycho which was also torpedoed by UB40. The engine struck in the boiler room causing the boilers to burst.

Specifications

Built – 1911 – J Crown & Sons, Sunderland

Owners – Porthcawl Steamship Co.

Dimensions – 1920 tons 85m x 12m x 5m

Diving Information

The Porthkerry lies in a general depth of 45m and stands 8m high.

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HMS Minion

Position – 50 38.65N 0 13.97W

HMS Minion

HMS Minion

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 11 October 1917 foundered

Voyage – Under tow to breakers in Germany

History

Discovered in 1974 but no recorded dive until 1982. Originally thought to be the wreck of an L Class destroyer and named as the Laforay. Later identified by the makers plate as the M Class Destroyer HMS Minion (1992).

Specifications

Built – 1915 – Thorneycroft & Co, Stockton-on-Tees

Owners – Royal Navy

Dimensions – 1025 tons 84m x 8m

Diving Information

The HMS Minion lies in a general depth of 54m and stands  8m from the seabed. She is upright with much of the bridge collapsed. Wreck lies NE/SW.

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Pagenturm

Position – 50 38.05N 0 13.02W

Pagenturm

Pagenturm

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 16 May 1917 sunk by torpedo by submarine UB40

Voyage – Sheerness – Barry with a cargo of military stores

History

The Pagenturm was torpedoed by UB40 on the starboard side by No 2 hold. 4 crew lost their lives in the explosion and the rest of the crew abandoned ship. The ship sank at 0730 just 80minutes after the torpedo struck.

Specifications

Built – 1909 – JC Tecklenborg AG.

Owners – Royal Navy

Dimensions – 5000 tons 122m x 16m x 8m

Diving Information

The Pagenturm lies on her starboard side in a general depth of 44m. The bow points to the North. The wreck stands almost 20m high with a deep scour on the east.

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Clan Macmillan

Position – 50 34.78N 0 15.42W

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 23 March 1917 sunk by torpedo

Voyage – London – Glasgow with a cargo of Coir

History

The Clan Macmillan was torpedoed by UB39. The ship had returned from Chittagong where she unloaded and then proceded to Glasgow with the remains of her cargo, 50 tons of coir matting. The torpedo struck her starboard side amidships at 0055 and the crew ababndoned ship. A second torpedo then struck. The U boat came alongside the lifeboats where the captain hid. The U boat then departed.

Specifications

Built – 1902 – W Doxford, Sunderland

Owners – W Runcian & Co, Moor Line

Dimensions – 3753 tons 104m x 14m x 7m

Diving Information

The Clan Macmillan lies upright in a general depth of 60m. The Clan Macmillan is often listed as being inshore off Newhaven near the Clodmoor. The two wrecks off Newhaven are both parts of the Clodmoor.

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Clodmoor

Position – 50 43.60N 0 00.62E & 50 43.42N 0 00.64E

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 03 May1917 sunk by torpedo

Voyage – Bahia Blanca – Newcastle with a cargo of wheat

History

The Clodmoor was torpedoed in No 2 hold by UB48 at 3:30 and was abandoned 3 hours later. The survibors were taken off and landed at Newhaven. The ship sank at 19:59 that same evening.

The Clodmoor was commissioned by the Admiralty from 24 Feb, 1916 until 20 March, 1916  as HM Collier 1069.  She then transfered to the Italian government until 3 July, 1916 when she returned to the UK for collier duties, followed by a Royal Commission to transport wheat.

Specifications

Built – 1902 – W Doxford, Sunderland

Owners – W Runcian & Co, Moor Line

Dimensions – 3753 tons 104m x 14m x 7m

Diving Information

The Clodmoor lies broken in two in a general depth of 20m. The wreck has often been listed as two wrecks. The Clodmoor and the Clan MacMillan. The Clan Macmillan lies offshore and has now been positively identified.

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Aracataca

Position – 50 36.12N 0 01.85E

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 18 April 1917 sank in collision with SS Moliere

Voyage – Liverpool – Dunkirk with a cargo of frozen meat

History

The Aracataca was sunk in collision with the SS Moliere.

Specifications

Built – 1911 – Workman, Clark & Co, Belfast

Owners – Elders and Fyffes Ltd

Dimensions – 4154 tons 114m x 15m x 8m

Diving Information

The Aracataca lies in a general depth of 54m. She lies on her port side with the bow to the south. Identified by plates bearing the shipping line.

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Braunton

Position – 50 38.94N 0 13.99E

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 07 April 1916 sunk by torpedo

Voyage – Boulogne – Newport with a general cargo

History

The Braunton was torpedoed by UB29. The cargo is listed as Government Stores and then “empty steel projectiles”.

Specifications

Built – 1911 – Richardson, Duck  & Co, Stockton-on-Tees

Owners – Tantem Steam Navigation Co Ltd

Dimensions – 4575 tons 115m x 15m x 8m

Diving Information

The Braunton lies in a general depth of 23m. She lies almost East-West with the bow inthe west.  She is almost upright and a lot of ammunition can be found in her holds.

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Seven Seas

Position – 50 38.92N 0 15.44E

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 01 April 1915 sunk by torpedo

Voyage – London – Liverpool in Ballast

History

The Seven Seas was launched as the IBIS for the Cork SS Co. Ltd., Cork. In 1913 she was renamed Seven Seas when purchased by Leach & Co.

The Seven seas was torpedoed by U57. 9 people lost their lives in the incident. The rest of the crew were picked up and landed at Newhaven. Some diving reports have given said coins found on the wreck were dated 1918. If this is the case this wreck is not the Seven Seas.

Specifications

Built – 1888 – WB Thompson & Co, Dundee

Owners – Leach & Co Ltd, London

Dimensions – 1194 tons 76m x 9m x 4m

Diving Information

The Seven Seas lies in a general depth of 35m. She lies North-South on her starboard side. Superstructure in the centre has collapsed. There are two holds forward and two aft.

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Ville de Bordeaux

Position – 50 41.74N 0 33.70E

Circumstances of loss

Date of loss – 25 March 1911 sunk following collision with the Irisbrook.

Voyage – Brest – Dunkirk in ballast

History

The Ville de Bordeaux was renamed from Antilles. The Ville deBordeaux lies to the stern of the Irisbrook.

Specifications

Built – 1881 – Napier Shanks & Bell

Owners – Companie Des Bateaux a Vapeur Nord

Dimensions – 1393 tons 82m x 10m x 5m

Diving Information

The Ville de Bordeaux lies upright in a general depth of 38m. The Irisbrook sunk with her.

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