On this day (8th June) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Cheltonian (1911-1917)
British cargo ship, SS Cheltonian, was built in 1911 by Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, and at the time of her loss during WW1, she was owned by Cambrian Steam Navigation Co., Cardiff.
On 8 June 1917, whilst en route from Genoa to Oran in ballast, Cheltonian was captured in the Mediterranean by a German U-boat and sunk by gunfire. At the time, the steamer of 4,426 tonnes was 54 miles W by S from Planier Lighthouse.
The Master and gunner of Cheltonian were taken prisoner, but thankfully no lives were lost.
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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