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Tynemouth, mouth of River Tyne, British Officer



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Remains of 1940 wreck in the form of the stern section of a British tanker which was en route from Sheerness for Tynemouth when she struck a mine and foundered at the entrance to the river Tyne in 1940. Built of steel, she was propelled by steam. Orientation: E/W Oral history account from Mr Arthur Lloyd, gunner stationed at Tynemouth Castle during World War II: 'Before the OSLOFJORD, I think it was the day before, a large tanker called the BRITISH OFFICER struck a mine...It was all in mist and fog. They got it in the entrance of the Tyne between the two lights and it sunk and so they had to take the OSLOFJORD round and beach it. It lay there for months. Eventually with the winter storms it broke up.' Owner: British Tanker Co. Ltd. Built: 1922 Builder: Palmers Co. Ltd. Where Built: Newcastle-upon-Tyne Propulsion: Screw driven, 2 x steam turbines, 1 shaft HP: 654 Boilers: 3 Crew: 47 Machinery: 2 decks; 17 bulkheads; poop deck 113ft; below deck 32ft; forecastle 50ft




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