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South Shields, Trow Point, Richard de Larinaga II

South Shields


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This was one of the Larinaga fleet. A 5358 ton cargo and passenger steamship registered in Liverpool. She was attacked by German aircraft on 12th May 1941 and she sank in Frenchmans Bay 500 yards east of Trow Rocks. She has been well dispersed, with only the bow section relatively intact. The rest of the wreckage is scattered over a wide area and is obscured by kelp, but plates, fittings, pipes and ribs can be found. The stern section lies in deeper water further east. Her general depth is 12 metres. She was built in 1929 by Lithgows ltd at Port Glasgow for the Larinaga Steam Ship Co. ltd. Her single propeller was powered by a three-cylinder, triple-expansion steam engine. Her machinery was designed and built by R. Rowan & Co. of Glasgow. She had one deck and a superstructure consisting of an 11.6m poop-deck, an 81.5m bridge deck and an 11.6m forecastle. She was sailing in ballast on passage from the Tyne to St. Lawrence, with a crew of thirty five and five passengers when bombed by German aircraft of 12 May 1941. She was taken in tow, but broke her back in the shallow water just off Trow Rocks in South Shields (Spokes and NMR Database states 500yds east of Trow Rocks). Salvage attempts employing explosives have resulted in a collapsed wreck broken up into small pieces. However in winter storms in 1999-2000 ribs from the under section were exposed. Grid reference conversion made 16.11.2010 with with Lat/Long referenced as N 54 59 662 W 001 23 082




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