You are bidding on a FANTASTIC and EXTRAORDINARILY RARE example of a WW2 Royal Navy Document Wallet, originating from the SS Westcove! This was originally obtained from the estate of Lt. Cdr. Alec Murray McKillop, who was Captain of the ship during her demise.
The SS Westcove was a Cargo Ship built in 1912, with a gross tonnage of 2,734 tonnes. She was used as a Blockship at Dunkirk, and sunk deliberately to block the harbor on June 3, 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo.
S.S. Westcove (S.S. Cove) was built in 1912, and launched October 24 of that year. As a Steel Screw Steamer, she was built be Samuel Peter Austin & Son, Wear Dock, Sunderland at Yard No. 265. During WW1, between 1914 and 1918, she served as as a mine carrier, store carrier and railway material carrier for the British Expeditionary Force.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty 4 August 1914 to augment the ships of the RFA for service as a Commissioned Mine Carrier. Lieutenant T Howard RNR in command and Engineer John W Smith RNR as Chief Engineer Officer.
February 13, 1919 she was paid off from her Commissioned service and returned to her owners.
In 1920 she was renamed S.S. Corcove.
In thick fog on February 3, 1926 while towing the S.S. Maitland (which had lost all power) in the Thames Estuary the tow line broke and the S.S. Maitland dropped anchor. Three other ships then rammed the Maitland which subsequently then sank. One ship, the S.S Marcato, was so badly damaged that she also sank.
In 1927, the vessel was purchased by Westwick S.S. Co. Ltd. – James Westoll, Sunderland, and renamed S.S. Westcove.
In May 1940, she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a blockship at Dunkirk…and on June 3, 1940 was scuttled to block the channel.
This is an AMAZING and EXTRAORDINARILY RARE item. Made of leather, and removed by Captain McKillop before the ship was sunk, this item is in VERY NICE condition considering its age. Fairly solid, but it is a bit dry and all the stitching has come loose on the sides. The front clasp has also come away. The front clearly indicates:
WESTWICK STEAMSHIP COY. LTD.
This most likely carried various notes (possibly the ship log), and other important items. A small note inside states that Captain McKillop was given 100 gms of “?” in-case he had to bribe a rescue boat, as well as a pistol. When he got back to England, he returned the 100 gms, and kept the pistol for a while (returning it later). This info was written by the previous owner (assuming this info came from McKillop directly). Some marks, wear, and folds due to the age, but nothing that detracts. A VERY RARE set, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!
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