SS VERA

POSITION..... 52 58 000N  001 03 500E

DEPTH... 7Mtrs

TYPE... SHORE AND BOAT

DIMENSIONS... LENGTH 88.2Mtrs / BEAM 11.6Mtrs / DRAUGHT 6Mtrs

TONNAGE...2391 GROSS

CARGO ...COAL

DATE OF LOSS...15/11/1914

CAUSE OF LOSS... COLLISION WITH HM MINESWEEPER PARTHIAN

BUILT... 1891 by TURNBULL AND SON, WHITBY

OWNER AT TIME OF LOSS...W.COUPLAND & CO

PROPULSION.. X2 SCOTCH TYPE BOILERS, TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE, SINGLE SHAFT, MACHINERY BY BLAIR & CO LTD, STOCKTON ON TEES

 

The SS Vera was built in 1891 for T Marwood & Sons. She was to change hands several times prior to her sinking, 1901,Suggit & Forth, 1911, Vera SS co Ltd, 1913, W Coupland & Co.

On the 15th November 1914 whilst on route from the Tyne to Livorno with a cargo of coal she was in collision with the minesweeper HMS Parthian. She was beached at Cley, Subsequent attempts to refloat her failed.

THE VERA TODAY

Today the SS Vera is located some 120Mtrs from shore, from which she rests almost parallel to the shoreline. She is best dived on a high water slack, as the lightest of seas can stir up the seabed on a low water slack, in-turn reducing visibility considerably.

As would be expected of any wreck this close to shore the Vera is very broken, however she makes for a very interesting and rewarding dive if conditions allow. For the most part she is a mass of collapsed plates and ribs. Her triple expansion egines can still be seen as can a single boiler. The Vera however is stated as being fitted out with x2 scotch type boilers, question, where is the second boiler? From the engines, heading towards the stern, (following the prop shaft) you will come to an iron propellor, this being her spare.

 

Paul Hennessey

 

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