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Clifton - a general history

Completed February 1904; Official No. 115165: Code Letters VNRW.

Owners: 1904 Webster & Barraclough, Hartlepool; 1917 Britain SS Co (Watts, Watts & Co) London–renamed Chatam.

Masters: 1905 Herbert Denyer (b. 1863 Leeds); 1906-09 G Worley.

Shields Daily Gazette, Saturday, November 12th, 1904:
WEST HARTLEPOOL STEAMER DAMAGED. The West Hartlepool steamer Clifton, bound from Galveston for Bremen and Stettin, with a cargo of cotton and phosphate, struck on the new breakwater and grounded at Portland Roads when calling there for coal on 31st October, but came off and proceeded her voyage.
On arrival at Bremen she had 20 feet of water in her forepeak, being as many feet of water as she was drawing. After discharging her cargo of cotton she was examined by a diver, who was unable to find the leak, and on Sunday last she left Bremen for Stettin, and while leaving the roads she had to slip an anchor and chain.
The Clifton is a steel screw steamer of 3,592 tons gross and 2,313 tons net register, built in 1904 at Sunderland, and owned by Messrs Webster and Barraclough, Church Square, West Hartlepool.

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