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    Posted: 08 Nov 2010 at 20:10

SS Alnwick Castle, built in 1901 by built by William Beardmore & Company Govan and owned by Union Castle Mail Steamship Company. She was deployed as a troop transport to Gallipoli. 

On 17/3/1917, the Alnwick castle left Plymouth for Cape Town with 14 passengers and 100 crew and a cargo of silver. On the 18th, she picked up 25 survivors from the Ham steamship "Trevose" had just been torpedoed by the German submarine U-81.

In the morning of the 19th, when 310 miles of the Bishop Rock the ship was torpedoed without a warning by U-81 (Oberleutnant zur See Raimund Weisbach). She sank within half anhour, but six lifeboats got away. Two of them were never heard of again.

The Chief Officer´s boat, containing 31 persons, drifted for nine days before being rescued by Spanish fishing boats and taken into Carino, near Cape Ortegal. Ten persons had died, some had lost their reason.

The captain´s boat had more luck. She was five days adrift and was picked up by the French Fabre liner Venezia. Four persons had died from exposure.
In total, out of 139 persons on board the Alnwick castle, 40, including three of the crew of the Trevose , had died. 
Vessel description.
Nationality: British.
Owners: Union Castle.
Type of Vessel: Ocean Liner Steamer.
Date built: 1901. Builder: William Beardmore & Co., Glasgow.
Weight: 5900  grt Dimensions: 122 x 15,3 x 8,2 m  Speed 14 Knots.

Edited by Mal Murray - 17 May 2013 at 11:25
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