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Ships - Corbridge

Corbridge, a British collier, was captured by SMS SeaGull in the afternoon of January 11, 1916, 140 miles west by north 3/4 north from Cape Finisterre, Spain. Corbridge was sunk on January 30, 1916, 280 miles north northwest of Fernando Noronha, Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon River.

Corbridge was a British steamship built by Robert Thompson and Sons, Sunderland, England in 1910. She was owned by the Corbridge Steam Ship Company and managed by John Hoggarth and Company, Cardiff, Wales. She was a 3,687 ton ship, 350 feet in length.
This ship was named for the town of Corbridge, Northumberland, England.
Captain David S. Barton was in command of Corbridge with a crew of 26 when she sailed from Barry, Wales. She carried a cargo of 4,773 tons of Welsh steamcoal bound for Rosario, Brazil.
The captain and 18 crewmen arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia on February 1, 1916 aboard the English liner Appam. Then they sailed from Norfolk on the Old Dominion steamer Jefferson, arriving in New York on the 4th. They departed on the White Star liner Baltic for Liverpool, England on February 10.
The remaining 8 crewmembers were on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven, Germany on March 4, 1916. These seamen were not treated as prisoners of war and were free to leave as they were citizens of neutral countries.
On January 10, 1917, Captain Barton was in command of the British steamship Lundy Island when she was captured and sunk by the German raider Seeadler.

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