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Name: GAIRSOPPA
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 12/08/1919
Completed: 10/1919
Builder: Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 894
Dimensions: 5237grt, 3227nrt, 399.3 x 52.2 x 28.5ft
Engines: T3cyl (27, 44 & 73 x 48ins), 517nhp
Engines by: Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 141924
History:
18/10/1919 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Glasgow
16/02/1941 Sank
Comments: Laid down as WAR ROEBUCK, a Type B standard ship, for the Shipping Controller
16/02/1941: Torpedoed & sunk by U-Boat U101, 300 miles SW of Galway Bay
On a voyage from Calcutta to London with a cargo of silver ingots, pig iron & tea
The silver was worth 150m at 2011 prices, but wreck is at a depth of 15,400ft
2012: Wreck located and 48 tons of silver recovered with 192 tons remaining


Above photo is courtesy of Photoship

Jarrow Express, Friday, 15/08/1919