Tyne and Wear HER(12954): South Shields, Nyula - Details
South Shields, Nyula
Naval Support Vessel
Boom Defence Vessel
A harbour defence vessel which sank on 2nd May 1941 after a collision. N55 00 32 W001 26 38 (Collings). Steel, 52 ton (two entries for this ship on Spokes database, one states weight as 48T) also recorded British steam yacht, approx 24m long, hired by the Admiralty as a harbour defence patrol craft. Built in 1936, her single propeller (possibly bronze) was powered by a three-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine which used one boiler. On 2 May 1941 the Nyula foundered and was lost off the mouth of the River Tyne, following a collision with another, unnamed, vessel. Not a lot is known about this wreck-site, except that the remains are reported to be broken up somewhat and not surprisingly she is fairly difficult to locate. Her small boiler and engine block are still there, along with a few copper pipes surrounded by a mound of steel plates, framework a small winch and lots of debris. The Spokes database gives the wreck a depth of 18m although another source used to compile the information suggests the wreck lies 2 miles east of South Shields pier in 26m of water. The NMR has 2 entries for the wreck (NZ 46 NW 7 and NE 46 NE 109).
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