On this day (29th March) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS T.R. Thompson (1897-1918)
SS T.R. Thompson was a British cargo ship built in 1897 by Short Brothers Ltd., Sunderland. At the time of her loss during WW1, the steamer of 3,538 tonnes was under the ownership of James Westoll Ltd., Sunderland.
On 29 March 1918, the T.R. Thompson was travelling on a voyage from Benisaf, Algeria to Middlesbrough with 5,600 tonnes of iron ore when she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a German U-boat seven miles south of Newhaven.
Sadly, 33 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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