On this day (27 June) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Ultonia (1898-1917)
SS Ultonia was a British ocean liner, built by Swan & Hunter Ltd. in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1898. At the time of her loss during WW1, the vessel of 10,402 tonnes was owned by the Cunard Steam Ship Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
Initially launched for the cargo and cattle trade, Ultonia was fitted with accommodation for passengers in 1899 and developed further in 1904.
On 27 June 1917, the liner was on a voyage from New York to London with general cargo, when she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Hans Rose. At the time of the attack, Ultonia was 190 miles SW of Fastnet.
Sadly, one person lost their life.
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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