Official Number
Yard Number: 145

Engine number 223, boiler number 184
No sea trial, vessel had dock trial on 31 October 1939
Builder's certificate dated 2 November 1939

Subsequent Names: ILSE SCHULTE (1944-45); GLAMORGANBROOK (1946)

According to the Lewis engine book, this vessel was lost in war action. This vessel was given as a war loss on the engine builders certificate, dated 1939. On builder's certificate, WORTHTOWN has been crossed out and replaced with GLAMORGANBROOK.
11/10/1946 British steamer GLAMORGANBROOK (Comben Longstaff & Co). Sprang leak and sank off Scarborough.
(Ref: Time Line Navy & Ship Events (1946-2000)

Note: Comben Longstaff & Co. Ltd. had a number of vessels built by John Lewis all
ending with the name "---------BROOK".

"09/03/2009 The GLAMORGANBROOK was on its first voyage after an 18 week overhaul in dry dock. She was bound for the Isle of Wight out of Blythe with a cargo of coal. At 2.40 a.m. she was off Robin Hood's Bay when she developed a slight list to port and then sprang a leak in the No2 hold. The pumps could not cope with the increasing inrush of water and the master ordered the crew to abandon ship. The crew of 14 and the Captain's wife successfully transferred to the boat but Captain Barker, who was the last to leave, perished after giving up his life jacket to his wife and falling between the boat and the ship.

He was unable to swim. The ship sank in five minutes "turning turtle" before going down. The survivors proceeded to row, in heavy seas, towards Scarborough. Meanwhile the Scarborough and Whitby Lifeboats were launched in response to the vessels S.O.S. call. Both boats were unable to locate any sign of the ship or crew off Robin Hood's Bay and it was not until the Scarborough boat returned home that the survivors were spotted, by this time only 1½ miles from the Castle Head. This ended the colourful service of a vessel that was torpedoed and sunk during the Dunkirk evacuations, salvaged by the Germans, recaptured by the British in 1945 at Flensburg.

After the war she was sold to the merchant service as a prize of war, along with many other captured vessels".

(Source: www.wrecksite.eu (Carl Racey, A Century of Steamship Losses)

"09/03/2009 Times 12/10/1946:- SHIP'S MASTER DROWNED - Eric Barker, master of the 350-ton steamer GLAMORGANBROOK, was drowned when the ship sank off the Yorkshire Coast early yesterday. He was a non-swimmer and was lost while struggling to reach the ship's boat containing his wife and 13 members of the crew. When on her way from Blyth, Northumberland to Cowes, with a cargo of coal, the ship sprang a leak and began to fill rapidly. She was abandoned two hours later. The survivors were landed at Scarborough. The GLAMORGANBROOK left dry dock only a week ago after 18 weeks' overhaul. She was sunk at Dunkirk, but salvaged by the Germans and used by them until her recapture in 1945 at Flensburg".

(Source: www.wrecksite.eu (The Times, Carl Racey)

"26/06/2007 Glamorganbrook; 805 tons; 199x31 ft; Built in 1939 as the WORTHTOWN, for Williamstown Shipping Co, London. On the 27.5.40 she was bombed and sunk at Dunkirk, salvaged by Germany. In 1942 renamed ILSE SCHULTE, for Schulte & Bruns, Emden. In 1945 she was seized by Allies at Schlei and renamed the EMPIRE WORTHTOWN and was requisioned by MOWT. In 1946 she was renamed GLAMORGANBROOK, for Comben Longs taff & Co.

On the 11th October 1946 she sprang a leak and sank off Scarborough".

(Source: www.wrecksite.eu (Allen Tony))

John Lewis & Sons
Comben Longstaff & Co.
length 196 3/6' x breadth 30 7/12' x depth 14 3/12'
gross tonnage 805 tons

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