SS Pegu Pen - Burmese Teak

SS Pegu

The Burmese Teak I use to make these pens comes from salvaged cargo which was on board the steam ship called the SS Pegu.

The SS Pegu had been carrying a huge supply of Burmese Teak which was destined to be used in the fortification of heavy gun emplacements in France and Belgium. Unfortunately, the SS Pegu was torpedoed by a German U-boat (U57) during WWI on 8th July 1917 while on its way to Liverpool from Rangoon. Sadly, one life was lost, Robert Maxwell,  a 22 year old  4th engineer officer was killed.

The wreck along with its full cargo sank 7 miles south-east of Galley Head in Ireland where it settled just over 80 metres down on the sea bed.  


In 2011, around 80 tonnes of this teak was salvaged from the SS Pegu – much of it was still in perfect condition due to it being submerged in the silt.

Other pieces of this salvaged teak have also been used for The Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster, they restored their 1938 Great Western coach and a 1922 Great Northern Railway coach.


The SS Pegu Pen is available in five pen styles (see examples below).  The main image below shows a pen made with this wood. Pens are supplied with a soft velvet drawstring pouch, history information sheet plus a signed certificate to accompany the pen.

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To place an order simply choose from the 5 pen styles shown below and send me an email with your choice of pen(s) and plating option.

(The wood used in these examples may be of other timbers).

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The Mawredd

Available as a fountain pen or rollerball in gold or chrome fittings.


£100 each

Handturned Fountain pen and rollerball pen set in cross cut English Yew wood.

The Cynon

Available as a rollerball and fountain pen in gold, chrome or gunmetal fittings.


£70 each

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The Elfyn

A ballpoint pen in gunmetal with chrome accents or gunmetal with gold accents.


£60 each

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The Cleddyf

A ballpoint pen in gold, chrome or gunmetal.


£60 each

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The Seren

A ballpoint pen in gunmetal and chrome or gunmetal and gold.


£60 each