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South Shields, Marne

South Shields


Maritime Craft

Motor Launch




A Dutch motor vessel of 175 tons. Mined on 31st August 1940 at N55 00 745 W001 23 496. Her cargo was ammunition and copper pipe. Wooden, 175-ton; 32.3m long, 5.71m beam and 2.51m draught. The Marne was a Dutch Motor Vessel, registered in Rotterdam. She was built by J. Koster at Groningen in 1926 and owned at the time of loss by WH Muller & Sons Ltd NV. Her single propeller was powered by an auxiliary oil/diesel engine and she had one deck, one bulkhead, a cruiser stern and an aft superstructure, consisting of a 7.1m quarter-deck. On 31 August 1940 this small coaster was on a voyage from the Tyne to the Tees with a cargo of bagged grain (some reports suggest she was carrying ammunition and copper pipes) when she detonated a German-laid mine and foundered just off the Tyne South pier lighthouse at South Shields. The wreck lies one a seabed of dirty sand and stone in a general depth of 14-15m, (Spokes database records a depth of 16m) about 300m or so out from the Tyne south pier lighthouse. It is not far from the Tyne shipping lane. It is a small wreck which is totally collapsed and well broken up. Grid reference conversion made 08.12.2010 with with Lat/Long referenced as N 55 00 44 W 01 23 28




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