On this day (13th June) WW1 Shipwreckollections

Posted: 13 June 2017 Posted In: Shipwreckollections

SS Darius (1903-1917)

SS Darius was a British cargo ship of 3,426 tonnes, built in 1903 by Joseph Thompson & Sons, Sunderland. She was owned by the Tempus Shipping Co. Ltd., Cardiff, at the time of her loss.

SS Darius

On 13 June 1917, Darius was en route to the Tyne from Villaricos with a cargo of iron ore, when she was torpedoed and sunk 210 miles south west of Fastnet by a German U-boat under the command of Kurt Heeseler.

Sadly, 15 people lost their lives as a result.

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.

Photo credit: wrecksite.eu

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