27th July 2007, 20:51
Looking for more info on the steamship PENSTONE sank of the northwales coast.
She was built in 1926 by Manchester Dry Dock Co,Ellesmere Port.
Would love a photo of her.
27th July 2007, 22:26
There is a picture of Penstone at the following site :-
Also MIRAMAR Ship Index has info on her, she sank in the Irish Sea in Liverpool Bay after a collision on 31st July 1948.
Hope this helps you.
28th July 2007, 21:35
PENSTONE 1926 –1948
Launched 08/06/1925 by Manchester dry docks Ltd Ellesmere Port (no 74).
For Zillah Shipping and Carrying Co Ltd
31/07/1948 collided with Norwegian motor vessel VILLANGER
Now in position 532954N 0333733W
For a picture of the MV VILLANGER go to
30th July 2007, 22:26
From The Times, Monday, 02 Aug 1948:
FOUR DROWNED AFTER COLLISION AT SEA
Three men and a boy, aged 10, were drowned
when their ship, the Penstone (267 tons), sank
after being in collision in Liverpool Bay with
the Norwegian motor-vessel Villanger (4,484
tons), on Saturday. Two survivors were
picked up by the Villanger. They stated that
the collision occurred during fog and that the
Penstone went down almost immediately. She
was carrying a cargo of stone from North
Wales to Preston.
Those who lost their lives were J. Stevenson
the master, his son, Norman, A. Stevenson,
brother of the master, and P. Banks, chief
The Villanger was on a voyage from Liver-
pool to Los Angeles. She returned to Liverpool
to go into dry dock for examination.
16th September 2007, 15:55
Penstone was 120ftx22ftx9ft. 267 tons gross. Her builder's plans are available in the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The three Stevensons who died were my Uncles Jack and Albert and my cousin Norman. I arrived home after a ten month voyage a few days after it happened. Not a happy time in the family.