On this day (28th March) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Oakwell (1887-1917)
British merchant vessel of 248 tonnes, SS Oakwell, was built in 1887 by Craig, Taylor & Company Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees. At the time of her loss, Oakwell was owned by United Glass Bottle Manufacturers Ltd.
On 28 March 1917, while on a voyage from Seaham to London, carrying a cargo of empty bottles, the vessel also known as the Bottleboat, struck a mine laid by a German U-boat. She sank almost immediately in her position, nearly three miles ENE of Robin Hood’s Bay.
Sadly, four crew members lost their lives.
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