BRANTINGHAM - 1897

BRANTINGHAM - 1897

Postby northeast » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:31 am

1897, 2617grt
Robert Thompson & Sons, Sunderland (199) for East Yorkshire SS Co (A.Meek), Goole
Sold 1910 to Brantingham Steamship Co. (T. Pratt), Newcastle
1914 to James Cormack & Co. of Leith
Torpedoed by U46 on 4 October 1916 in the Arctic, on a voyage Archangel for Leith. 24 crew inc. master lost.
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Re: BRANTINGHAM - 1897

Postby E28 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:13 pm

With a war loss such as the Brantingham a number of reliable sources can be searched for details of the unfortunate individuals who lost their lives.

In this instance i was surprised to discover details of her Master lacking any meaningful information including his curious name HY Hopper, age, relatives and so on. Nothing. Rare for the Tower Hill Memorial.

His name was Henry Hopper born in Deptford, Kent and in 1915 was aged 43 which means that when his ship Brantingham was sunk he could have been 43, 44 or 45.

Once U 46 had stopped her quarry in the wastes North of Norway her company were duly ordered to the boats where once adrift their fates were at the seas mercy. Nothing was ever heard of any.

In 1917 the wife of Henry, Mrs J Hopper made enquiries as to the welfare and whereabouts of her husband patently unaware of his and his crews fate. A German memorandum stating the Brantingham had been sunk by a German U Boat following the removal of the crew from the ship was noted.

Remarkable how few knew. A sad but common tale.
If you know more of Henry Hopper, his ship sunk 4 October 1916 then please place details here.
And, how long might those men have survived that cruel contemplation.
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Re: BRANTINGHAM - 1897

Postby northeast » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:20 am

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Re: BRANTINGHAM - 1897

Postby E28 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:30 pm

Yes George, the link to Tower Hill reinforces my observations and it was this which encouraged me to let the wider audience know.
I have filled in some gaps, Christian name Henry as no one is called Hy, his wife's initial J and his place of birth together with his age range.

I now feel duty bound to find more details on Henry Hopper. Will let this forum know of any progress in due course.

Interesting the two Jones, J.D. and L are brothers in the same trade.
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