The iron screw steamer Gravina was built by John Readhead & Co. at South Shields in 1886. Owned by J. Roca & Co. of Barcelona, she was registered at 1,266 tons gross and measured 227 feet in length with a 32 foot beam. After thirty years of reliable service, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine west of the Fastnet Rock on 7
t h February 1917 whilst on passage from Seville to London. Seven of her crew were killed and her captain and fourteen others were taken prisoner.