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On 28 November 1951, the English freighter TEESWOOD, with 15 seamen on board, is in distress off the island of Borkum and sinks. The three rescue men of the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Wilhelm Eilers, Christoffer Müller and Folkert Meeuw do not hesitate and leave in the motor rescue boat BORKUM despite the most violent northwest storm. With an almost superhuman courage and great seamanship they save 13 men from the seemingly certain death of a seaman.

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jan botter
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Wed, 27 November 19 11:32

Teeswood
ship data:
flag: United Kingdom
type of ship: Steam necklace
home port: Middlesbrough
owner:
R. A. Constantine & T. H. Donking, Middlesbrough (1915-1917)
Commercial Gas Company, Middlesbrough (1917-1923)
Donking S.S. Company (T. H. Donking), Middlesbrough (1923-1951)
shipyard
W. Harkess & Son, Middlesbrough
construction number 209
launching 28 May 1915
assumption July, 1915
whereabouts: sunk on 28 November 1951 in the Ems estuary
Ship dimensions and Crew:
length 60,35 m (Lüa)width 9,33 m
surveying 864 BRT, 416 NRT

machine
1 × Blair & Co. Three-cylinder steam engine
propellers
1 × fixed propeller

The Teeswood was a coal steamer of the shipping company Donking Steam Ship Company from the British Middlesbrough. When the ship sank on 28 November 1951 in the mouth of the Ems River, two crew members died and thirteen men were rescued by the Borkum rescue boat Borkum.

The Teeswood was launched in May 1915 at the shipyard W. Harkess & Son in Middlesbrough for the shipping company R. A. Constantine & T. H. Donking from Middlesbrough. It was one of the numerous coal steamers (Colliers), which mainly transported coal from the mines of the British northeast coast to the gas and electricity plants in Greater London. The ship was built in the three island design customary at the time, with the deckhouse arranged in the midship and the engine arranged aft. He had a survey of 864 BRT, two holds, each with a boom. The boiler plant of the three-cylinder steam engine of the manufacturer Blair & Co. from Stockton-on-Tees was heated with coal.
During the First World War (1917), the Constantine & Donking shipping company sold the ship to the Commercial Gas Company, also based in Middlesbrough. In the post-war period, the Commercial Gas Company's transport requirements decreased, which is why it reduced the size of its fleet, which had been increased during the war years, from 1919 onwards. In 1923, Teeswood was sold again to the Donking Steam Ship Company based in Middlesbrough, which continued to operate the ship for several decades until after the Second World War.[1]
At the end of November 1951 the ship was on a voyage from Immingham to Emden with around 1,000 tons of ****. On the evening of 28 November, the Teeswood stranded in a severe northwest storm in the Ems estuary off Borkum and soon broke into two parts. The lifeboat Borkum with a crew of three left Borkum and undertook a large number of approaches by the shipwreckman, one of which caused the starboard rudder blade to interlock with the anchor chain of the Teeswood and break off. The additionally added salvage tug Seefalke assisted by illuminating the Havarist for the Borkum. Thirteen men of the Teeswood crew could be rescued during the night, a machinist and a steward, who did not dare to jump aboard the rescue boat, were finally washed overboard and died.
The stranding and the dangerous rescue operation caused a sensation at that time, the crew of the lifeboat were honoured several times in the consequence. The British government presented the three men with a gift and dedication as a thank-you. The foreman Wilhelm Eilers received the golden medal of the DGzRS and the Federal Cross of Merit, the rescue man Folker B. Meeuw received the silver medal of the DGzRS and the Federal Cross of Merit and the rescue man Christoffer Müller received the silver medal of the DGzRS.
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