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Bracondale (1918) - a general history

The Sunderland-built steamship Bracondale, was the second vessel of that name owned by Murrell's (Murrell Steamship Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool), between 1927 and 1934.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, Monday, June 27th, 1932:
CAPTAIN OF LOCAL STEAMER FINED. SEQUEL TO COLLISION WITH LIGHTSHIP. Capt. Robert Wm. Edmondson, master of the West Hartlepool steamer Bracondale, charged at South Shields to-day with having failed to stand by the Humber lightship No. 56 after colliding with it, and with having failed to supply the master of the lightship with the name of his own vessel, etc., was fined £10 and £10 5s. costs. Mr. K.S. Cartmael, prosecuting for Trinity House, stated that the prosecution was brought because of the increasing frequency of collisions between foreign and, he was sorry to say, British vessels, and lightships in which the vessels concerned did not stand by, but went on their voyages with a disregard for the safety of the lightships crews.
In this case it was alleged that the Bracondale was “close sailing” the lightship at the mouth of the Humber and that, by careless handling, she collided with the vessel.
Mr. R.K. Strange, Newcastle, defending, submitted that the lightship was in no danger, and that, as no complaint was received from the vessel, the master of the Bracondale was justified proceeding. He added that attempts were made to stop, but that this impossible owing to lack of steam and the strong tide.

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