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Marsden, Blairhall (formerly Heros)



Maritime Craft

Transport Vessel

Cargo Vessel

Early Modern



An iron 2549 ton British-registered steamship. 91.45m long, 12.25m beam and 6.36m draught. She was built as the Heros in 1899. At the time of her loss she was owned by the Clydesdale Navigation Co. Ltd and managed by Nisbet, George & Co. of Glasgow. Her single bronze propeller was powered by a three-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine. The vessel was armed with a 610kg stern-mounted deck gun that fired 12lb shells. On 26 July 1918 she was 2.5 miles east of Souter lighthouse carrying ballast from Middlesbrough to the Tyne when she was torpedoed by German submarine UC-40. The following day the Blairhall foundered with the loss of one crewman. Grid reference conversion made 14.11.09 with with WGS84 Lat/Lon. N 54 57 879 W 001 16 538




Ron Young, 2001, The Comprehensive Guide to Shipwrecks of the North East Coast, Volume Two (1918-2000), pages 116-117; National Monuments Record MONUMENT NUMBER: 908724; Hydrographic Office wreck index Extracted 09-MAR-1993; Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Receiver of Wreck Amnesty (23-Jan to 24-Apr-2001); Ian T. Spokes Wreck Database

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