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    Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 10:16
The West Australian 4 July 1919
The steamer River Clyde is returningfrom Gallipoli and will be moored shortlyin the Thames. It is reported that theTurks stripped the vessel of the brasswork and everything else which could be moved from her.

A London message of February 9 last said :—"The British Admiralty is salvaging the steamer River Clyde, from which   troops were landed on V Beach on the day of the landing on Gallipoli."  There is a romance about the River Clyde that will rank in history almost equal with that of the Vindictive. She was an old steel collier, and with 2,000 men of the Hampshire and Munster Fusiliers on board, as well as eight, boatloads towed by steam pinnaces, approached close to the shore near Cape Helles. The boatloads—the Dublin Fusiliers—suffered terribly, for   when they dashed through the shallows to the beach they were pinned to the ground by the Turkish fire. Three lines of wire entanglements and a network of   trenches had to be forced. A bank of sand, five or six feet lhigh, runs at the back, and under, its cover the survivors took shelter. In the steel side of the collier doors had been cut, which opened and disgorged: men like some new Horse of Troy. But a tornado of shot and shell rained on the River Clyde and few of the 200 gallant men who leaped from the lighters to the reef and from the reef to the sea reached the land. Those who did joined their fellows lying flat under the sandbank on that beach of death.

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Hi Mal:  Smile Thanks for this article about the River Clyde.  I did not get to see it before now.  I wonder if the West Austrailian newspaper is still available and has a morgue for old articles, and if the full copy of this article has been kept.    I 'll try to look for the newspaper company in the near future.

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