On this day (15th June) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Westonby (1901-1917)
Built in 1901 by the Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. in Stockton, SS Westonby was a British cargo ship of 3,795 tonnes. At the time of her loss during WW1, the steamer was owned by Sir R. Ropner & Co., Sunderland.
On 15 June 1917, Westonby was travelling on a voyage from Huelva to London with a cargo of lead and pyrites when torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Hans Adam. At the time of attack, Westonby was 195 miles south west of Fastnet.
Thankfully, there were no casualties.
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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