On this day (20th April) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Lowdale (1893-1917)
SS Lowdale was a British steamer of 2,260 tonnes and was built in 1893 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough. At the time of her loss, during WW1, Lowdale was owned by Lowlands Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle.
On 20 April 1917, whilst on a voyage from Tyne to Tunis, with a cargo of coal and coke, SS Lowdale was captured and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière. At the time, she was positioned 90 miles W by N of Gibraltar.
Thankfully, no lives were lost.
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 dependants, through financial help including welfare grants, as well as assistance and support.
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