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VANISHED WITHOUT TRACE.

Post by E28 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:10 pm

S.S.ISMAILIA

Left New York with a general cargo on 30 Sept 1873, destination Glasgow.
Vanished during the voyage probably after 2 Oct under Captain Smith.
All 51 souls onboard lost.

Iron passenger steam cargo vessel
Built for Anchor line by Robert Duncan & Company, Port Glasgow, yard no 55.
Launch 30 Jun 1870
1630 grt
300' x 33.3' x --

What date might she have been expected to arrive in the Clyde.
There was a significant onboard accident the previous year involving a few casualties.
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Post by E28 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:48 pm

COUNTY OF SELKIRK

These large and impressive 4 masted iron hulled ships are the stuff of folklore.

Launched on 15 Oct 1878 and fit for sea in the November.
Built for R & J Craig, Glasgow and registered there 80419.
Spent most of her life from doing the UK to Calcutta route, designed for carrying Jute.
Yard no 286 out of Barclay Curle & Co, Whiteholm yard, Partick, one of a number of these impressive ships, whose careers have been well documented.
281' x 20' 4'' x 24', grt of 1943, 1965 nrt.

Sailed from Calcutta carrying jute on the last day of 1895.
No trace of her ever reported, and vanished with her entire crew.
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Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:12 pm

Sean :

Not being pedantic, but just to advise the Yard was known as the Clydeholm shipyard which was located in Whiteinch. ;)
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Post by E28 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:34 pm

Thanks Angus, this factual correction should be known. Poor research, from me.

I have started this thread, Vanished without trace, as so many ships and boats have literally done just that, with their entire crew and passengers. Sail, steam, everything.

I do hope many others here will add to this, whatever the vessels size and whenever it occurred.

However, to qualify, said vessel must have been lost to the sea, with no traces of wreckage or survivors, and the wreck must still remain undiscovered.

Maybe we should exclude all wartime disappearances, so general trading losses only please, but of any size and era.
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U S NAVY TUG CONESTOGA. AT 54.
THE TUG NO ONE KNEW WAS MISSING.

Lost in th Pacific after 25 March 1921. No one knows.
Built by Maryland Steel Co, Sparrows Point, MD in 1904, purchased by navy 14 Sept 1917, for the huge sum of $350,000
617 t, 170' x 29' x 16', TE developing 1000ihp, 286 tons coal for 13 knots.
She left Mare Island navy yard for American Samoa, via Hawaii, and was supposed to tow the barge YC468, 110' and 500 tons there, leaving 25 March.
Not only did she go missing, but no one knows whether she actually even had YC468 with her, or not, but she never arrived at Pearl Harbour.
More significantly, no one realised she never arrived, and it was not until after 6 weeks elapsed from her intended arrival, that an extensive, belated search was instigated.
It was far too late by then and she was stricken as lost at sea on 30 June 1921, the date these searches ceased.
Over 3 months from starting her trip.
Under Lt Ernest L Jones, 3 other officers and 49 men died.
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Post by E28 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:43 pm

HMS WASP

Bramble class composite screw gunvessel.
1 of the 4 in class launched from Armstrong Mitchell. Elswick no 492 on 13 Sept 1886. 165 x 29 x 11, 670 BM, 715 disp, 810 fl. Machinery by N E Marine Engineering, 2 boilers, TE 1000ihp, 1 screw, 13 knots. 105 tons coal for 2500 nm @ 10 kts.
Under the command of Lt Bryan J H Adamson the newly commissioned Wasp sailed from Sheerness 2 May 1887 to take up duties on the China station.
Having arrived at Singapore, she departed with c 73-76 crew on 10 Sep 1887, and was due to arrive at Shanghai on the 26th.
She never arrived and was declared lost at sea with her entire complement in October.
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Post by Colin Campbell » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:35 pm

Glasgow Herald Wed 14/10/1914 Page 5

A GLASGOW SHIP MYSTERY

A Board of Trade Inquiry into the disappearance of the ss MARITIME of Glasgow was opened before Cmdr W F Caborne CB RNR at Cardiff yesterday. The vessel left Barry on March 17 last with a cargo of coal for Campara Argentine and was reported to have been sighted off Rio de Janerio on April 12 but has not bee seen since.
Mr Ivor Vachell for the Board of Trade said the ss Maritime which had a crew of 29 was owned by The Maritime Steamship Company (Limited). The registered manager being Mr William Thomas. The vessel was acquired by the company in 1913 at a cost of £34,000. Subsequently she met with damage and it would be proved that the managing owners had her most thoroughly and efficiently repaired at a cost of £10,418. She was insured for £43,000 but he thought the court would come to the conclusion that no question would arise on the point of insurance. He also thought that the conclusion would be arrived at no question of spontaneous combustion could arise. It would be proved that at just about the time the vessel was lost or missed there was most tempesteous weather in the vicinity of where she would be expected to be.
The Board of Trade had given great attention to the enquiry in consequence of the heavy loss of life involved. He thought all the evidence would tend to show that the vessel was tight staunch and strong, properly loaded and her freeboard was everything that could be required or desired.
The inquiry was adjourned till today.

Glasgow Herald Thursday 15/10/1914 Page 10

Shipping News A Glasgow ship mystery

The Board of Trade Inquiry into the loss of the ss Maritime ogf Glasgow was continued at Cardiff yesterday before Cmdr W F Caborne CB RNR
Captain M M A Fisher Master of the ss Stockton of Stockton on Tees said that on April 12 he sighted the Maritime 20 miles off Rio de Janeiro. Four days later he experienced the worst weather he had for 44 years and in his opinion the Maritime must have foundered. It was marvellous that his own vessel had escaped. Written evidence was put in to the effect that HMS Glasgow searched the coast but failed to find any trace of the missing vessel. In the opinion of the Commander the Maritime must have been lost.
After hearing evidence from the trimmers at Barry that the vessel was properly loaded the inquiry closed
The Commander will make a report in due course.



SS MARITIME was built by Russell & Co Greenock Yard no 536 Official No 121214 Launched 10/2/1905 as EARL OF CARRICK fot Earl of Carrick SS CO (Marshall & Dobbie) Glasgow 3939grt 345x49 Triple Expansio Steam
Sold 1913 to Maritime SS Co(W Thomas Sons & Co London

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Post by E28 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:41 pm

LOCH MAREE.

This fine and supremely fast 3 masted 1675t iron clipper was operated by the Glasgow shipping company.
IMO 1068057, yno 239 launched in Sept 1873 by builders Barclay Curle.

Her 1st voyage was to Melbourne, leaving the Clyde on 5 Nov 1873. It took 74 days.
Thereafter she frequently did this or similar trips in 68-70 days, her elegance and comfort for passengers a prerequisite.
A most consistent clipper, much admired.

She left Geelong for London with a cargo of wheat on 29 Oct 1881.
The last sighting of her was the following day off the Kent's group Is by the 3 masted schooner Gerfalcon.
Loch Maree and her entire complement of crew and passengers were never seen again.
Lost at sea on or from 30 Oct 1881.
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Post by E28 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:09 pm

S.S. NORDICSTAR.

Rare for a vessel to vanish without trace post 1950 but vanish Nordicstar did.

This 7124 ton steamship was on a voyage from Philadelpia to Le Havre with a cargo of coal and 34 souls manning her.
She disappeared from 27 Dec 1956 when her last reported position was approx 44 N 38 W, West of Ushant in the Bay of Biscay.
Westmount Park was the name she carried as built, y no 13 from United Shipyards Ltd, Montreal, Canada as a North Sands Type Steamship, Park Class.
Seeing service from completion with the MOWT, 1 Sept 1943 and post war having a few different owners.

1950, purchased by Fairview freighters ( Lemos & Co ) London and renamed Nordicstar.

From 27 Dec 1956 when further communication with her ceased, Nordicstar was posted as missing at sea on 23 Jan 1957, when despite extensive air and sea searches, no trace of her was ever discovered. This is also the terminal date for the purpose of all insurance claims to commence and the date to be registered for missing at sea regards her 34 crew.

She probably sank, by whatever cause, on or shortly after 27 Dec 1956.
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Post by E28 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:04 pm

Possibly the last British merchant ship to vanish.
M V DENNY ROSE.

On or after the 13 Sept 1967 in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, between departing Cebu in the Phillipines and her intended destination, Chiba, Japan, lies a lost ship with her complement of 42 souls.
With an unpredictable cargo of iron ore the diesel engined cargo ship M V Denny Rose succumbed in circumstances which may remain a mystery, although a typhoon possibly contributed to her demise.

Built as y no 452 by Charles Connell & Co of Scotstoun, the M V Marjata entered the water on 27 Aug 1946, one of numerous new post war built ships designed to replenish lost and damaged war tonnage.
Built for Nourse Line Ltd, in 1963 she was renamed Denny Rose of the Red Anchor Line.
6656t on a hull 431' x 55' x 27' (131 x 6.75 x 8.3 M) she was a cargo ship of her time.
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Post by E28 » Thu May 23, 2013 7:57 pm

S.S. MANHATTAN 1889 - 1910

Esso were slowly building ships for the transport of their products as demand rapidly increased.
The Manhattan was their 2nd as part of the Anglo American Oil Company London, for Manhattan SS Co ( J D Jamieson ) London, of 16 St Helens Place, City.
Launched by David J Dunlop & Co, Port Glasgow, 30 July 1889 with trials starting that 7 Sept as their 1st tanker built.
2143 net, 3300 grt on 330' x 42'2" x 28' 4" she could carry 4000 tons of assorted petroleum products in separate tanks.
With a TE 3cyl reciprocating engine, 260 hp, single screw, with what became the standard tanker layout, machinery and boilers aft, single funnel, central island and three raking masts. ON 96630, callsign L.H.C.W. as built.
In 1899 to Act Ges Atlantic Bremen then the Esso Italian subsidiary SIAP.

23 Sept 1910 with petroleum products was the date she left New York, destination Algiers.
Manhattan and her entire crew never arrived.
Her loss, as with so many vanished ships, can only be surmised unfortunately, one cause could be a build up of naphtha leading to an explosion.
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FALLS of BRACKLINN

Steam ship launched 19/4/1894 from Russell & Co. Port Glasgow to the order of the then famous Falls Line of 111 Union Street Glasgow. Owner listed as Ship "Falls of Bracklinn"Co.Ltd.,(William E. Graham, Managing Owner) 3452grt.

She sailed from Baltimore bound for Avonmouth on 02/01/1897 with 4545tons of Indian Corn some 400tons bagged remainder bulk.She was manned by 13 Europeans and 43 lascars. Baltimore pilot took her to Thomas Point some 33 miles and because of fog they went to anchor eventually setting off next day and dropping the pilot off Cape Henry at 9pm.on 03/01/1897.

She was never seen again.

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Post by E28 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:05 pm

S.S. LAKE CONWAY. Ex WAR FERRET ( 1 ).

Washington Sept 20th 1919.
The shipping board steamer Lake Conway which sailed from Philadelphia Sept 2nd for Havana, coal laden, has not been heard from since her departure.
The Navy department was requested today to make a search for her.
The Lake Conway carried a crew of ( 31 ) thirty one.

On Sept 2nd an intense hurricane formed north of the Lesser Antilles, heading west northwest going south of the Florida Keys 8th and 9th before ending at Corpus Christie, Texas on the 10th. This hurricane was duly recorded as one of the worst in this region during the 20thCentury.
The Lake Conway, and other vessels took the full brunt on the 8th and 9th with catastrophic results for many as it headed on its path of destruction and mayhem.
War Ferret ( 1 ) was ordered as a British Standard ship, coal freighter, by the British Shipping Controller, London and transferred to the U S Shipping Board ( USSB ) and renamed Lake Conway. Construction by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co, y no 215, completion was in Feb 1918.
1948 grt, 252' x 43.8' x 18.5', steel, steam TE, 1 screw, 12 knots.

Amongst the other ships and boats sunk between the 8th and 10th in the hurricanes path, virtually all in the Florida Keys and Straits area were:-
S. S. Munisla. 10th Sept. Vanished like Lake Conway. 32 crew.
S. S. Bayronto. Sunk, c 19 dead.
S. S. Valbanera. 10th Sept, very early in morning. Wrecked on half moon shoal between Key West and Dry Tortugas. Every soul on board died, crew and passengers numbering c 467 - 488, exact unknown. No traces of anyone ever found.
U. S. Navy patrol boats, assorted. 7 in total.
Between 550 and c 600 died at sea alone as a result of encountering the 1919 hurricane.

S.S. Lake Conway had in the preceeding months done a number of trips with coal from Philadelphia to Cardenas, east of Havana, also up and down the US east coast, Baltimore - Boston and such like.

S. S. Lake Conway vanished with her crew of 31 in the 1919 hurricane.
The date was either the 8th or 9th September.
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Post by Robert » Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:32 pm

Good series. Sad histories.
LOCH MAREE did not of course have an IMO number.
1068057 you might find as Miramar's ID number.

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VANISHED WITHOUT TRACE.

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:31 pm

As ALBA said, an excellent, if sad, history of these great marine mysteries.

A thought-provoking subject, especially for those who lost loved ones to the sea and the elements.
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Post by E28 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:43 pm

ARGENTINE MARU.

Coal.
This has always been an unpredictable volatile cargo in ships, where correct well ventilated compartmentalised and boarded stowage was essential, with frequent checks made to ensure all remained well.
The age of a ship had little bearing on its safe passage as borne out here on the brand new ARGENTINE MARU.
Bad weather on passage would only complicate the issue.

ARGENTINE MARU, master Y. Sugihara, departed Baltimore 31st October 1919, destination Gothenburg, Sweden, having only been completed in that July. Then crossing the Pacific, through the big ditch at Panama, Eastern seaboard of the USA and finally Sweden.
A voyage she would never complete.

This steel single screw cargo ship was 385.0' length, 41.6' breadth, depth 20.5', moulded 31'
grt 5860, net 4260, with 3 cylinder TE engine of 436 nhp.
Kawasaki Dockyard Co Ltd of Kobe built and engined her, y no 453
for the fledgling owners Kokusai Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, later better known as the KKK Line,
founded in 1919 so one of their earliest ships.
Registered in Kobe under the flag of Japan, no 25401, signal code R.N.M.H.

ARGENTINE MARU was missing by mid November but was officially posted missing by Lloyds of London on 4th February 1920.
Vanished with her entire crew 95 years ago this month in the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Coal was her cargo.

Please note, i have been unable to establish exact crew numbers, 30 would be likely.
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Post by E28 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:48 pm

E28 wrote:U S NAVY TUG CONESTOGA. AT 54.
THE TUG NO ONE KNEW WAS MISSING.

Lost in th Pacific after 25 March 1921. No one knows.
Built by Maryland Steel Co, Sparrows Point, MD in 1904, purchased by navy 14 Sept 1917, for the huge sum of $350,000
617 t, 170' x 29' x 16', TE developing 1000ihp, 286 tons coal for 13 knots.
She left Mare Island navy yard for American Samoa, via Hawaii, and was supposed to tow the barge YC468, 110' and 500 tons there, leaving 25 March.
Not only did she go missing, but no one knows whether she actually even had YC468 with her, or not, but she never arrived at Pearl Harbour.
More significantly, no one realised she never arrived, and it was not until after 6 weeks elapsed from her intended arrival, that an extensive, belated search was instigated.
It was far too late by then and she was stricken as lost at sea on 30 June 1921, the date these searches ceased.
Over 3 months from starting her trip.
Under Lt Ernest L Jones, 3 other officers and 49 men died.
Excellent news, which means the tug CONESTOGA no longer belongs amongst the vanished.

Her wreck has been confirmed with evidence she did have a tow, 95 years to the month, 3 miles off South Farallon Island, only 30 miles West of her departure, where it would appear her crew were attempting to gain shelter by the islands from the bad weather. These islands are visible from San Francisco on a clear day.
The extensive searches for her at the time were conducted off Hawaii. She never got remotely close.
There is now much to see on assorted US sites, including the ill fated crew photographs. R.I.P.
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