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Old 5th November 2012, 19:59
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S.s. Electra Wreck Masirah

Does anyone know about the history of this wreck. Certainly back in the 1970's it was still visible and accessible with the aft end out of the water. I managed a dive in her aft hold. But I cannot find out anything about the history of the wreck or the ship.

Recent searches of the web reveal nothing, and up to date images seem to show that the wreck is no longer visible.

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Old 6th November 2012, 12:42
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Does anyone know about the history of this wreck. Certainly back in the 1970's it was still visible and accessible with the aft end out of the water. I managed a dive in her aft hold. But I cannot find out anything about the history of the wreck or the ship.

Recent searches of the web reveal nothing, and up to date images seem to show that the wreck is no longer visible.
Whats the name of the vessel and where
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Looks like SS Electra in Masirah........
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Whats the name of the vessel and where

I thought the title of the posting gave a clue - but its the S.S. ELECTRA
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Old 6th November 2012, 17:24
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Try this website:

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?80819

The last update was in February 2012. Quite an "Oldie" by the looks of it! There are also some websites with photos taken onboard. I typed in "SS Electra at Masirah". Hope this helps......
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Old 6th November 2012, 17:28
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Having now looked a bit more at the site, I think that I may have sold a bum steer! More searching required......
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I thought the title of the posting gave a clue - but its the S.S. ELECTRA
Thank you for that clue it narrows it down to 32 ships named ELECTRA?(inc.5 named MASIRAH)of all types

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Thank you for that clue it narrows it down to 32 ships named ELECTRA?(inc.5 named MASIRAH)of all types
Just to clarify in case there is any doubt the ship is the Electra, Masirah is not a ship but the island off Oman where she was wrecked.
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Old 19th March 2013, 02:11
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The ship's name is ELETRIC not ELECTRA. Built as the Barrington Court in 1929 and wrecked on Masirah Island in 1960..
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Old 11th August 2015, 06:56
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SS Electric / Electra

Thanks for the information, everyone knew her as Electra but obviously misinterpreted over time.
I was stationed at Masirah in 1968/69 and the mid section was missing so it looks like this happened during the short period after being stranded there in 1960.

There was also another wreck at the southern point of the island, the World Jury I think she was called. Her sister ship, Globe Jury also foundered, both on their maiden voyages so the story goes.
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I've just posted a photograph in the Gallery Section about the SS Electric. It contains all of the following information from a friend of mine, Kevin Patience, who took the photo in 1968.
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Photograph was taken by a friend, Kevin Patience, in 1968 while he was on a detachment with 39 Sqdn (Canberra PR aircraft) from RAF Luqa, Malta.
When I was there in July 68 to Oct 69 the mid section fell away leaving just the fore and aft sections.
Kevin returned, on a Nimrod from RAF St Mawgan, in 1986 and the whole ship had disappeared.
I returned to the island myself in 2014, the horizon looked strangely empty without her.

Some, including myself, have mistakenly called her the SS Electra which has caused some confusion when trying to find the history. She was originally launched as the Barrington Court in 1924 (thanks to Manowari, on this forum, for that information).

Kevin, who took the photograph, also posted the following on 'Wrecksite' website'
"The ship was on a voyage from Goa to Lubeck with a cargo of iron when it grounded off the northern tip of Masirah Island close to the R.A.F. airfield on 16 August 1960. The RAF crew made contact with the ship's crew who initially refused assistance. An SOS transmitted by the Eletric was picked up by the tanker Ras al Ardh which arrived and rescued the crew who were put ashore at Suez. A salvage attempt refloated the vessel but it subsequently regrounded and broke in front of the bridge. I was based at Masirah in 1968 and took the attached photograph. In Aprill 1977 the wreck was used for target practice and two months later broke up in the cyclone that severely damaged facilities ashore. In 1986 I revisited the wreck site and there was nothing left apart from scrap metal.
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http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?103714
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Just realised it's called the SS Eletric, not Electric!!
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