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On This Day: 2nd March
Wrecked Today : ss BENGAL
built by Tod & McGregor Glasgow,
Yard No 67
Engines by Shipbuilders
Port of Registry: London
Propulsion: Two cylinder, beam geared steam engine, 1084ihp, single screw, 10 knots
Launched: Saturday, 30 October 1852
Built: 1853
Ship Type: Passenger Liner, Iron hull
Ship's Role: Calcutta/Suez service
Tonnage: 2185 gross; 1176 net
Length: 295ft 10in
Breadth: 38ft 3in
Owner History:
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Status: Wrecked - 02/03/1885, Java

Remarks:
30/10/1852: Launched.
16/01/1853: Arrived at Southampton from her builders.
05/02/1853: Registered. She cost £70,000 and was briefly the largest P&O ship. An innovation was the fitting of a speaking tube between the bridge and the engine room.
16/02/1853: The Admiralty informed P&O that BENGAL had failed to reach the speed required for the mail contract, which was presumably rectified.
20/02/1853: Maiden voyage Southampton/Alexandria, the first of four Mediterranean voyages. Set a new record of 4 days 5 hours for the run to Gibraltar.
09/1853: Sent out round the Cape to Calcutta. Two lifeboats were washed overboard and later found at Weymouth, causing consternation until she reported safe.
26/06/1854: Captured the Russian barque IDEALET in Madras Roads, sent her crew ashore and towed her into port. Despite the Crimean War, the incident was of questionable legality, and the Authorities in Madras released the captured vessel.
08/02/1855: Towed a steamer into Suez.
29/05/1859: Stopped engines 3 days out of Aden for Galle when nearly all the teeth were stripped from a large driving wheel. Presumably continued under sail while repairs were made.
06/06/1859: Machinery restarted.
07/06/1859: Driven ashore at Galle when the pilot elected to shift anchorage. She continued under steam to minimise leaks while the passengers, mails and specie were landed (they were picked up by GANGES), and then made her way via Trincomalee and Madras to Calcutta (arrived 15/06) for repairs.
04/07/1859: Reentered service.
12/12/1863: Broke shaft between Suez and Aden.
17/12/1863: Arrived in Aden under tow by SULTAN. Remained at Aden until 13/02/ 1864.
10/10/1864: Driven ashore into the garden of Bishop’s College, Calcutta, during a cyclone.
30/12/1864: Refloated after a channel had been cut between the garden and the river.
1868: Served as a troopship during the Abyssinian War.
19/07/1870: Sold to Edward Bates, Liverpool.
1872: Sold to C W Kellock, Liverpool, and fitted with compound engines by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead.
1874: Sold to E M de Bussche, Ryde, Isle of Wight, as trustee for a new company.
04/1876: Registered under that company, The New York, London and China Steam Ship Co Ltd, London.
1876: Trooped India/Mediterranean during the Near East crisis.
1881/1882: Three voyages UK/Australia for the Colonial Line.
1884: Sold to Gellatly, Hankey, Sewell and Co, London.
02/03/1885: Wrecked off Milton Reef, Bawcan Island, Java, when on passage from Saigon to Sourabaya with a cargo of rice.

Previous updates by Paul Strathdee and Bruce Biddulph.

Last updated: by John Newth from the original records by Stuart Cameron



Sunk Today 1906: CHINA
built by Robert Napier Govan,
Yard No 102

Last Name: THEODOR
Previous Names: MAGALLANES
Port of Registry: Liverpool
Propulsion: Steam oscillating
Launched: Tuesday, 08 October 1861
Built: 1861
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 2638 grt
Length: 326 feet
Breadth: 40 feet
Owner History:
British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company
Status: Sunk - 02/03/1906

Remarks: Converted to 4 masted barque.Missing with all hands en route US/Japan
Additional data by Bruce Biddulph

Last updated: by Paul Strathdee from the original records by Stuart Cameron



Wrecked Today 1904: ss GWALIOR
built by William Denny & Brothers Dumbarton,
Yard No 164

Last Name: SHINSHU MARU (1894)
Port of Registry: London
Propulsion: steam, 12 knots
Launched: Friday, 09 May 1873
Built: 1873
Ship Type: Passenger Vessel
Ship's Role: UK-India-China
Tonnage: 2733 grt
Length: 351.6 feet
Breadth: 38.3 feet
Owner History:
Penisular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
21/01/1894 Kishimoto Gohei Osaka
Status: Wrecked - 02/03/1904

Remarks: Wrecked at Chemulpo while serving as a troop transport during the Russian
Japanese war

Previous update by Paul Strathdee

Last updated: by Bruce Biddulph from the original records by Stuart Cameron



Sunk Today 1942: HMS STRONGHOLD
built by Scotts Greenock,
Yard No 494

Last Name: STRONGHOLD
Propulsion: Steam turbine 27000shp- 36 knots.
Launched: Tuesday, 06 May 1919
Built: 1919
Ship Type: Destroyer
Tonnage: 905 disp
Length: 276 feet
Breadth: 27 feet
Draught: 9 feet
Owner History:
Royal Navy
Status: Sunk - 02/03/1942

Remarks:
Previous update by Colin Campbell Sunk by Japanese warship off Java.
Photo supplied by Bruce Biddulph

Last updated: by Paul Strathdee from the original records by Stuart Cameron





Scrapped Today 1946: HMS SCOUT
built by John Brown Clydebank,
Yard No 475

Last Name: SCOUT
Propulsion: Steam turbine 27000shp- 36 knots.
Launched: Saturday, 27 April 1918
Built: 1919
Ship Type: Destroyer
Tonnage: 905 disp
Length: 276 feet
Breadth: 27 feet
Draught: 9 feet
Owner History:
Royal Navy
Status: Scrapped - 02/03/1946
Web site: http://www.pcpages.com/mariner/WA%20Page.html
Remarks:
Previous update by Stuart Cameron Scrapped at Briton Ferry Wales.
Photo supplied by above web page

Last updated: by Paul Strathdee from the original records by Stuart Cameron





Torpedoed & Sunk Today 1941: ss TORREY
built by A McMillan & Son Dumbarton,
Yard No 480
Engines by J. G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd
Last Name: AUGVALD (1923)
Propulsion: steam, triple expansion, 436 nhp
Built: 1920
Ship Type: Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 4811 tons
Length: 400.6 feet
Breadth: 52.6 feet
Draught: 25.7 feet
Owner History:
Heistein & Sons
A. I. Langfeldt Kristiansand (1922)
H. M. Wrangell & Co. AS (1923)
Skibs-AS Corona (1929)
Status: Torpedoed & Sunk - 02/03/1941

Remarks: Torpedoed 155 miles northwest of the Hebrides with the loss of 29 men, within that number included two British mess boys aged 14 and 16. The lone survivor Rasmus Kolstø was picked up on a raft 11 days after the sinking. When landed at Greenock he had to have one of his toes amputated. Due to the heavy bombings in Greenock he was moved to Glasgow's Mearnskirk Hospital.

Last updated: by Bruce Biddulph from the original records by Stuart Cameron



Scrapped Today 2004: JOHN BISCOE
built by Fleming & Ferguson Paisley,
Yard No 778
Engines by Fleming & Ferguson Paisley
Last Name: FAYZA EXPRESS
Propulsion: Diesel electric.
Launched: Monday, 11 June 1956
Built: 1956
Ship Type: Survey Vessel
Tonnage: 1554 grt
Length: 220 feet
Breadth: 40 feet
Draught: 16 feet
Owner History:
British Antarctic Survey Port Stanley
Status: Scrapped - 02/03/2004

Remarks: Scrapped at Aliaga,Turkey.
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Previous update by Colin Campbell

Photo supplied by Stuart Cameron shows RRS John Biscoe and HMS Endurance at Grahamsland, Antarctica, 1970
Previous update by Paul Strathdee

Last updated: by Stuart Cameron from the original records by Stuart Cameron






 

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