The 2,500-ton steamship Woodville was built in 1892 for Woodville SS Co Ltd (Balls & Stansfield) of North Shields, England. She was then sold during World War I to the Southern Whaling & Sealing Company, Liverpool.
SS Woodville in Liverpool docks
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|Builder:||John Readhead & Sons, South Shields|
|Launched:||22 October 1892|
|Identification:||Official number: 102028|
|Fate:||Wrecked 11 January 1937|
|Tonnage:||2,513 GRT, 1,593 NRT|
|Length:||91.1 m (299 ft)|
|Beam:||12.4 m (41 ft)|
|Draught:||5.7 m (19 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Triple expansion steam engine, single screw, 232 hp (173 kW)|
She was one of three ships bought by the African and Eastern Trade Corporation in 1924. She was sold to Greek owners BJ Andreadakis & A Stavridis, (Piraeus) in 1927, shortly before African and Eastern merged with the Royal Niger Company to form United Africa Company (UAC).
Whilst under her latest name of SS Volgas and with a Greek flag, she ran aground on the small Greek island of Milos in the Aegean Sea on 11 January 1937. She came ashore near the lighthouse on Paximadia, southwest of Milos, during a voyage from Mersin, Turkey, to Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of grain. Salvage was abandoned on 16 January and she was declared a total loss.
- Kohn, Roger (1970). Palm Line: The Coming of Age. London: Raithby, Lawrence and Company Ltd.
- "Southern Whaling & Sealing Co". Sound of Jura.