On this day (18th June) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Norfolk Coast (1910-1918)
British cargo vessel, SS Norfolk Coast, was built in 1910 by Harkess W. & Sons Ltd., Middlesbrough. At the time of her loss a century ago, the steamer of 782 tonnes was owned by Coast Lines Ltd., Liverpool.
On 18 June 1918, the Norfolk Coast was travelling in convoy from Rouen to Tyne in ballast when she was torpedoed without warning by a German U-boat and sunk immediately. At the time of the attack, the vessel was 23 miles SE from Flamborough Head.
While the survivors of the attack were collected by escort vessel and landed at Middlesbrough and the Tyne, sadly eight of those on board 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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