On this day (12th October) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS W. M. Barkley (1898-1917)
W. M. Barkley was a British cargo ship that was built in 1898 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon. At the time of her loss a century ago, she was owned by Guinness A. Son & Co. Ltd., Dublin.
On 12 October 1917, W. M. Barkley was travelling on a voyage from Dublin to Liverpool with a cargo of stout, when she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Johannes Lohs. At the time, the steamer of 569 tonnes was positioned seven miles east of Kish lightvessel.
Sadly, four people lost their lives.
The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has offered assistance for fishermen and mariners in need since 1839. The maritime charity provides help for mariners, retired seafarers and their dependants, through financial help including welfare grants, as well as assistance and support.
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