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Old 31st March 2011, 13:28
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Main - Collier - Sank 1917

Hello to all, I have just joined this site. I am completing family history and have found a family member died on SS Main in Oct 1917, sunk by U-Boat gun fire.

I have been unable to trace any pictures of "Main". I have checked the Wrecksite.eu and the Colliery web sites also shipping lists. Would anyone have any knowledge of how I would obtain/find a picture of this 750t vessle. It would be of great interest within the family tree.
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Old 7th April 2011, 15:56
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The Main was built by Mackie & Thompson in 1904. The company were taken over in 1912 by Harland & Wolff, and any records which still survive may be in their archives in Belfast. I had a look at what Harland & Wolff holds and couldn't find anything else mentioned other than the takeover, but it's possible there is something on the Main. I don't know where the archives are held but you should be able to find out easily enough. As the ship was built in Scotland, two other sources you might try are Glasgow University Archives and Glasgow Museum of Transport.

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Old 9th April 2011, 07:57
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Main-Collier

Lancer morning some more info;
Main
Steel Steam Cargo Ship
742g 313n ON 115389
195.0ft x29.0ft x11.6ft
T.3Cy 16",28"&44"-33" 134Nhp
Muir&Houston,Glasgow
05.1904-Completed by Mackie&Thompson Ltd,Glasgow #299 for Main Colliery Co ltd,Cardiff as Main
09.10.1917-Sunk by gunfire from UC 75,(Johannes Lohs),1.5 miles East of Drummore,Luce Bay.o.v.Belfast-Liverpool,ballast.12 dead
08.1920-Refloated by the Ardrossan Salvage Co,and returned to service 1922
1922-Ford Shipping Co Ltd,(Mann,McNeil&Co Ltd),Glasgow
1926-Sold to Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd,Newcastle. Renamed MARDEN
27.05.1929-Sunk in collision with s/s THE SULTAN off Cromer Knoll.o.v.London-Newcastle,paper.

You might be able to get a photo of her as MARDEN,Ted
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Old 10th April 2011, 07:26
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Thank you both for the information,

Outstanding Thankyou both, will carry on looking for photo's, pity she sank a second time.
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Old 15th April 2011, 19:18
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Have been on www.swanseamariners.org and found my ancestor, his ships and his sailings over a 20 year period, no photos of Marden or Main found but have found photo of the Crew of Marden.
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Old 23rd August 2011, 11:36
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Hi All,
I am tryng to find any photos and information about the S.S.Rose Lea.She was sunk WW1 March 1917. My G/dad had left her to join the S.S.Sagamore which was sunk 3rd march 1917.He was one of the only seven survivors. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards Ken Berry
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Old 22nd March 2018, 02:06
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Main - Collier - Sank 1917

Realise I'm replying to an old post, but if lancer165 is still interested (or anyone else might be) I've attached a JPEG photo of SS Main.

Also here's an article published in a Swansea newspaper which also contains a photo of the crew of SS Main The link to this is
walesonline.co.uk/news/how-ship-small-welsh-village-13736575.

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Old 22nd March 2018, 08:07
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With apologies for intrusion into this thread, there was also a full-rigged ship named Main, built at Greenock in 1884 for James Nourse & Co. She served Nourse under that name until 4th March 1908 when she arrived at Hamburg.

She left Hamburg on 30th June 1910 under the name of Vanse, having changed hands and into the ownership pf Samuelsen of Farsund, Norway. She was dismasted on 8th December 1917 in mid-Atlantic and sank one week later on 16th December.

Thus, between 1904 and 1910 it would appear that there were two merchantmen named Main, both sailing under the Red Ensign, Nourse's full rigged ship and the new steamship owned by Main Colliery of Cardiff.

The life of Nourse's windjammer Main is fully recorded in "The Long Voyage" by HC de Mierre (Harold Starke Ltd. - 1963).
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Old 29th July 2018, 18:22
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Hello to all, I have just joined this site. I am completing family history and have found a family member died on SS Main in Oct 1917, sunk by U-Boat gun fire.

I have been unable to trace any pictures of "Main". I have checked the Wrecksite.eu and the Colliery web sites also shipping lists. Would anyone have any knowledge of how I would obtain/find a picture of this 750t vessle. It would be of great interest within the family tree.
Hi,
I have not long ago written a book on the sinking of the SS Main, it contains the full details including photo's and names of the crew and the ship before she was sunk also photo's of the raised vessel.
Regards
Pete Miller author of "Galloway Shipwrecks" and "The Sinking of the SS Main".
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