On this day (11th April) WW1 Shipwreckollections

Posted: 11 April 2017 Posted In: Shipwreckollections

SS Duchess of Cornwall (1889-1917)

SS Duchess of Cornwall was a British steamer of 1,706 tonnes. She was built in 1889 by William Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool. At the time of her loss, a century ago, the vessel was owned by Richard B. Chellow, Truro.

On 11 April 1917, Duchess of Cornwall was on a voyage from London to Le Havre when she was targeted by a German U-boat under the command of Matthias Graf von Schmettow. She was torpedoed and sunk five miles north of Cape Barfleur.

Sadly, of those on board, 23 people lost their lives.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has offered financial assistance for fishermen and mariners since 1839. The maritime charity provides help for mariners, retired seafarers and their dependents, through financial help including welfare grants, as well as assistance and support.

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