SS Rosehill

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  • Minister (1911-1917)
  • Rosehill (1917)
Builder: S P Austin & Son, Sunderland
Yard number: 259
Launched: 1911
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk on 23 September 1917
General characteristics
Class and type: Steam collier
Tonnage: 2,788 GRT
Length: 314 ft (96 m)
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Depth: 21 ft (6.4 m)
  • 1 × 3 cyl Triple expansion engine
  • Single shaft
  • 1 × screw
  • 2 × boilers
Armament: 1 x 12 pdr gun

SS Rosehill was a 2788-tonne steel-hulled collier built in 1911 by S.P. Austin and Son of Sunderland under the name Minster. Rosehill is also known as the Penhill. She was torpedoed by U-40 off Fowey on 23 September 1917 whilst en route from Cardiff to Devonport. She was taken under tow but sank in Whitsand Bay at 6:05 pm. She currently sits in 28 metres of water at 50°19.793′N 4°18.520′W / 50.329883°N 4.308667°W / 50.329883; -4.308667Coordinates: 50°19.793′N 4°18.520′W / 50.329883°N 4.308667°W / 50.329883; -4.308667 with her bow to the north.

This wreck, which has been adopted by Totnes SAC under the 'adopt a wreck scheme', is often overlooked by divers, as the liberty ship SS James Eagan Layne and HMS Scylla are close by and in shallower water. The wreck is considerably broken up, and is hard to find on an echo sounder.

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