On this day (9th May) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Harpagus (1910-1917)
SS Harpagus was built in 1910 by William Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool, and at the time of her loss during WW1, she was owned by the Fabre Line.
On 9 May 1917, the British steamer of 5,866 tonnes was on a voyage from New Orleans to Marseille, with general cargo, when she was targeted and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Johannes Klasing. At the time of the attack, Harpagus was 62 miles SW of Planier Island.
Sadly, three 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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