Ashford SS
Location
Vessel type
Propulsion
Length
Beam
Depth
Position
Tonnage
Cargo
Date Sunk

Newhaven
Collier Steamship
Steamer
84.1 mtrs
11.4mtrs
33-39 mtrs
Upright
1211
Coal
25/06/1906
Makers plate from the Ashford
Makers plate
The makers plate was found by Pete Walters from Tunbridge Wells Scuba Club
History
          
A British steam collier built in Sunderland by J L Thompson in 1882.Unfortunatly on 25th June1906 she collided with a German Barque Pirat that was romping up the  channel with most sails set on route for Hamburg. The Barque Pirat  ploughed into the Ashfords stern near her rudder, holing her and sending sea water into the two aft coal filled holds.
She was then towed by a steam tug Dominion, she was filling fast and with in 2 hours had to be cut lose before reaching shallow waters where she could be beach she then rolled over and sank. Captain Tom Smith and his crew where taken off just before she rolled over and sank. One of the Ashfords crew of 18 was latter found to be missing
.
Present state
            The Wreck lies intact and upright in approx 33mtrs her shape is still quite easy to define. There is access to both engines, boilers and holds.
Bottles  of beer from 'R Fenwick & Co Brewers of Sunderland' have been found intact and full recently.
Divernet wreck tour
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imwrecked@bsac49.org.uk