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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Tritonia   British  Tory Island Co Donegal  1914 

Tritonia : 
Owner Donaldson Line Ltd., Glasgow 
Flag British  Builder D & W Henderson Ltd Glasgow 
Port Glasgow  Build Date 1893 
Official No 99890  Material Steel 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 4272 / 2720 
Ship type Steam Ship  Dimensions 377 | 46.1 | 28
Ships Role  Cargo / Passenger  Rigging Style Schooner  
Super Structure
Poop Deck 30 ft
Bridge Deck 98 ft
Fore Castle 47 ft.  
Hull
Steel Hull
Moulded depth 31 ft, Free Board 5 ft 1 in
6 Bulkheads.
3 Iron Decks + Shelter Deck.
Cellular Double Bottom, Flat Keel. 
Machinery
Triple Expansion, 3 Cylinder 26",43" & 70" - 54" Stroke.
411 nhp, 1 screw.
2 Single Ended Boilers
6 Ribbed Furnaces.
Engine by D & W Henderson & Co, Glasgow. 
 
Wreck Location 22 miles N.N.E of Tory Island Co Donegal 
Date Lost 19/12/1914  Captain  
Cause Mined  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
Google Map Location
 
 
History

A Terrific Explosion.

The fourth engineer, Cyril Claude Daff, whose home is at 215 Burdett Road, Bow London, stated in an interview that he was in the stokehold when the explosion occurred. It was of terrific force, and the whole bottom of the ship seemed to spring up, He was severely shaken.
As soon as he recovered he made his way to the engine room to await orders. The first signal from the bridge was for full steam ahead, but almost immediately after-wards the order was given to stop. There was some water in the engine room at this time and it was perceptibly rising. They were told to come on deck and when they did so they found the boats being manned. They had no time to get their clothes, and he hurriedly threw on a coat above his over- alls.

The boats were all fully equipped, they set the sails and the captain laid a course which they expected would take them to Islay. The Tritonia was sinking rapidly by the bow and when they left the propeller was almost completely out of the water. The hatches of the ship were tightly battened down and the vessel might float for a little time after they left but there was no doubt that she would go down in an hour or two at most.
There was no damage to be seen on the liner from the boats the hull above the waterline was not affected but inside the ship forward the fittings were reduced to a mass of wreckage. The explosion must have been enormously powerful to cause such destruction.

Mr Daff said they were 22 hours in the open boat before they were picked up by a trawler off Islay. They were sailing all the time and they had no apprehensions about failing to reach land but the seas swept into the boat occasionally and the weather was intensely cold especially during the night so that their position was very uncomfortable to say the least of it.

The Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), Tuesday,December 22, 1914
 
 
Record Created on  29/09/2008
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