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Collision SS North Cambria 01.08.1918

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Old 26th June 2014, 10:17
Sverige Sverige is offline  
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Collision SS North Cambria 01.08.1918

Over many years I've been tracing the history of my Grandfather who was a Master Mariner. He was acting first officer on the SS North Cambria which was in collision with SS Port Stephens 73 miles west of Ushant. His body was never found.

I have been endeavouring to find out more about the incident.

An High Admiralty Court hearing in 1920 declared that the "SS Port Stephens was entirely too blame."

I have the Judge's name and the date he gave his verdict.

It is evident that the document is concerned with compensation etc and that the verdict is merely an introduction.

Naturally the Judge's conclusions must have been based on an enquiry, the date of which I have.

I assume that the enquiry would have accounts of witness statements etc.

Has anyone got any ideas where transcripts of this enquiry could be stored (if they even exist now)?

Also could anyone advise me where I could find details of the weather at the date of the collision?
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Old 27th June 2014, 17:01
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I can't find much in The Times other than brief reports dated 26/10/1920 and 15/3/1921, which don't help much. However, there are High Court of Admiralty records at the National Archives under the following references: HCA20/1618/425, HCA27/180/1015, HCA20/1631/1015, HCA27/179/792, HCA20/1626/792 and HCA27/178/425. Some of this will be mundane stuff but you might find some interesting material in those records. You'll also find the crew agreement for 1918 under reference BT110/375/18 and the ship's log for 1918 under reference BT99/3437. Logs for 1908-1917 are held at the Memorial University, Newfoundland. None of this is available online - it means a personal visit or paying a professional researcher.

Dave W
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Old 27th June 2014, 17:52
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Sverige, Quoting from "The Tyser Legacy":-

"While on passage in a Trans-atlantic convoy from New York, the 'Port Stephens' collided with the 'North Cambria' off Ushant on 2 August 1918. Both ships were running without lights and the 'Port Stephens' struck 'North Cambria' at right angles. She sank within three minutes and all 26 members of her crew were drowned."

Later in the same book it states:- "On passage London to Hampton Roads, collided and sank 'North Cambria' 70 miles west of Ushant."

I'm sure that you know what was correct? I note that you also posted on the earlier thread regarding the ' North Cambria'. Good luck with your search.
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