On this day (5th June) WW1 Shipwreckollections
SS Harpathian (1913-1918)
SS Harpathian was a British steamer of 4,588 tonnes built by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland in 1913 and owned at the time of her loss by J. & C. Harrison, Ltd., London.
On 5 June 1918, SS Harpathian was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat under the command of Heinrich von Nostitz und Jänckendorff whilst 80 miles off Cape Henry, Virginia. At the time, Harpathian was travelling on a voyage from Havre to Newport News in ballast.
Thankfully, there were no casualties.
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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