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|Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:01 pm Post subject: Kirkmaiden, Steamships Main & Rio Verde
|Two steamships were sunk off the Mull of Galloway in the First World War and are commemorated by this memorial in Kirkmaiden Churchyard
OS Ref: NX 124 369
Our Gallant Merchant Seamen
Of the Steamers
“Main” and “Rio Verde”
Who lost their lives by enemy action
In Luce Bay and at Grummag Head
Erected by subscription
Boarding the salved Steamer “Main”
While at Drummore, August 1920
The SS 'Rio Verde' and SS 'Main'
From Tees built ships website
IRVINE'S SHIPBUILDING & DRY DOCKS COMPANY LTD., WEST HARTLEPOOL
Type: Cargo ship
Yard Number: 120
Off. Number: 112448
Engine builder: Richardson Westgarth & Co.
Engine type: T. 3cyl.
Length (feet): 345.0
Beam (feet): 47.9
First owner: British Maritime Trust Ltd. (Furness, Withy), West Hartlepool
History: 1910 Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool
1915 RIO VERDE, London-American Maritime Trading Co. Ltd. (Petersen & Co.), London
Fate: 21/02/1918 torpedoed by U.86 when 4nm West of Crammock Head, Mull of Galloway on passage Glasgow for Milford Haven with coal.
It is called Crammag Head on modern OS maps and Crummag Head on the memorial. Other sources quote 20 fatalities when this ship was sunk.
From U-boat net
GRT: 715 tons
U-boat attacks on Main
Date: 9th October 1917
U-boat: UC 75 (Johannes Lohs)
Position: Sunk 1.5 miles E Drummore, Luce Bay
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