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I am trying to find out some information on the Wallace Rose. She was in a collison in the Thames with the Swedish motor vessel Yvonne in 1954 and sank. Would anyone know if there were any casualties?.
 

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Dorrien,morning.In the book Mersey Rovers by R.S.Fenton,there is no mention of any casualties on the Wallace Rose after her collision with the Yvonne.Ted
 

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From the Times dated Wednesday, January, 27, 1954

COLLIER SUNK IN THAMES
EIGHT MEN MISSING AFTER COLLISION
Wednesday, Jan 27, 1954
A British collier, the Wallace Rose (632 tons), sank in the Thames off Erith, Kent, last night after being in collision with a Swedish vessel, the Yvonne (4,138 tons). Two survivors from the collier were picked up by the Yvonne, but eight of the crew are missing.
The collier was going down river on the Essex side and the Swedish ship was coming up. The night was clear, with no trace of fog. The collier sank almost immediately, leaving no trace on the surface. Early this morning the position of the wreck was ascertained.
The Yvonne proceeded to Gravesend after the collision which occurred at about 9 pm. River police searched for survivors. A wreckship with its green warning light took up position at the spot where the collision occurred.
The two survivors picked up by the Yvonne were William Cleary aged 35 boatswain of Stella Gardens, Dublin, and Jackson Abokie, aged 45, a coloured deckhand, of Bridson Street, Liverpool. Both were suffering from the effects of immersion, but their condition was not serious.
The Wallace Rose was registered at Liverpool and owned by Hughes Holden Shipping, Ltd, of Swansea. She was built in 1931. She was sailing from Cannes to the Thames with a load of (s)lag'. Her skipper was Captain McCourt, an Irishman. The collier traded between Swansea and other British ports and was also in a regular coal run to France.
The Yvonne is owned by Rederi A/B Disa and registered at Stockholm. She was built in 1945 at Gothenburg.

Captain McCourt was awarded the DSC during Operation Neptune while on WALLACE ROSE in 1944. http://www.mercantilemarine.org/showthread.php?t=3235

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Patrick Connolly, my grandfather (never knew him) was aboard Wallace Rose, as was a Robert Costello (Balbriggan). My grandfather lived in Stella Gardens, Irishtown, Dublin and was aged 60 at the time. Another man, also from Stella Gardens was William Cleary who survived. My mother told me that Jackson Abokie was killed a year later in a road accident, but I cannot confirm this. My grandfather's body was not found for about 10 weeks - he was the father of 11 children. Newpaper cuttings of the time said he worked on the sister ship the Moelfre Rose, until the previous October (1953), when she was sent for repairs to South Shields. The ship was on its way from Cannes, France and was carrying coal**** when it was hit by the Yvonne. Other names mentioned in the newspapers at the time were John Flett (61), a native of Scotland, James Ball, probably also a deckhand, the engineer Daniel P Dooge and of course, Captain Leo McCourt.
 

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Hello @PKM. Patrick Connolly was my great grandfather, small world. My Dad has often told us the story of The Wallace Rose and how Patrick wasn't found for weeks. We were looking up information on the ship tonight and came across your post. It would be great to make a connection with you.
 

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I have come very late to this thread, but if any of you are still around...Captain Patrick Leo McCourt was my Uncle & I am just finding more out about him & my family
 

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Hello Jan,

Patrick Leo McCourt b. Newry 1903. I have a MN photo of him as a young AB probably taken between 1918 -1921 send me your email address by private conversation and I will send it on.
His CRS 10 - service record - from Jan 1941 until his death in 1954 should be held at the National Archives Kew in piece BT 382/1072 this file should list all of his ships but is best obtained by visit to Kew or via a researcher.
His Combined Office Merchant Navy Operations [COMNO] Pouch is held at Kew in piece BT 391/70/128 this takes to do with service at Normandy 'D' Day and beyond.

ss WALACE ROSE, British Coaster, Richard Hughes & Co. 632 tons. Built in 1931. Survived the war.

London Gazette 19 December 1944 - For services during Operation Neptune - the Allied invasion of Normandy.
McCourt, Patrick Leo - Captain - DSC
Buchanan, Frank - Fireman - MID
Nolan, Thomas - Chief Officer - MID

The crew of the WALACE ROSE when the ship was in a collision in the Thames in 1954 reads as follows:

Patrick Leo McCourt, Master
Stewart Miller Squires, Mate
John Flett, Chief Engineer
Dennis Patrick Dooge, 2nd Engineer
James Ball, Cook/Steward
B. Collin, Fireman
George Harrison, Fireman
Patrick Connolly. AB

Survivors
William Cleary, Boatswain
Jackson Abokie, Deckhand

Regards
Hugh
 
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Hello Jan,

Patrick Leo McCourt b. Newry 1903. I have a MN photo of him as a young AB probably taken between 1918 -1921 send me your email address by private conversation and I will send it on.
His CRS 10 - service record - from Jan 1941 until his death in 1954 should be held at the National Archives Kew in piece BT 382/1072 this file should list all of his ships but is best obtained by visit to Kew or via a researcher.
His Combined Office Merchant Navy Operations [COMNO] Pouch is held at Kew in piece BT 391/70/128 this takes to do with service at Normandy 'D' Day and beyond.

ss WALACE ROSE, British Coaster, Richard Hughes & Co. 632 tons. Built in 1931. Survived the war.

London Gazette 19 December 1944 - For services during Operation Neptune - the Allied invasion of Normandy.
McCourt, Patrick Leo - Captain - DSC
Buchanan, Frank - Fireman - MID
Nolan, Thomas - Chief Officer - MID

The crew of the WALACE ROSE when the ship was in a collision in the Thames in 1954 reads as follows:

Patrick Leo McCourt, Master
Stewart Miller Squires, Mate
John Flett, Chief Engineer
Dennis Patrick Dooge, 2nd Engineer
James Ball, Cook/Steward
B. Collin, Fireman
George Harrison, Fireman
Patrick Connolly. AB

Survivors
William Cleary, Boatswain
Jackson Abokie, Deckhand

Regards
Hugh
Hello Jan,

Patrick Leo McCourt b. Newry 1903. I have a MN photo of him as a young AB probably taken between 1918 -1921 send me your email address by private conversation and I will send it on.
His CRS 10 - service record - from Jan 1941 until his death in 1954 should be held at the National Archives Kew in piece BT 382/1072 this file should list all of his ships but is best obtained by visit to Kew or via a researcher.
His Combined Office Merchant Navy Operations [COMNO] Pouch is held at Kew in piece BT 391/70/128 this takes to do with service at Normandy 'D' Day and beyond.

ss WALACE ROSE, British Coaster, Richard Hughes & Co. 632 tons. Built in 1931. Survived the war.

London Gazette 19 December 1944 - For services during Operation Neptune - the Allied invasion of Normandy.
McCourt, Patrick Leo - Captain - DSC
Buchanan, Frank - Fireman - MID
Nolan, Thomas - Chief Officer - MID

The crew of the WALACE ROSE when the ship was in a collision in the Thames in 1954 reads as follows:

Patrick Leo McCourt, Master
Stewart Miller Squires, Mate
John Flett, Chief Engineer
Dennis Patrick Dooge, 2nd Engineer
James Ball, Cook/Steward
B. Collin, Fireman
George Harrison, Fireman
Patrick Connolly. AB

Survivors
William Cleary, Boatswain
Jackson Abokie, Deckhand

Regards
Hugh
Hi Hugh, I never heard back from you about the photograph. I am on [email protected] and would be very grateful. I am now in touch with his daughter and granddaughter
Many thanks again, Regards
Jan McCourt
 

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Hello Jan,
Oh I wondered why I did not get any acknowledgement of reciept but the email appears to be correct and was sent on 29th April at 8pm. I will dig it out and send it to you again as soon as I get a minute.
Regards
Hugh
 
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