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Kirkmaiden, Steamships Main & Rio Verde

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Kirkmaiden, Steamships Main & Rio Verde Reply with quote

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



In
Memory of
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
1917

Erected by subscription
From visitors
Boarding the salved Steamer “Main”
While at Drummore, August 1920


The SS 'Rio Verde' and SS 'Main'

From Tees built ships website

http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/irvine/austriana1901.htm

IRVINE'S SHIPBUILDING & DRY DOCKS COMPANY LTD., WEST HARTLEPOOL
Name: AUSTRIANA
Type: Cargo ship
Yard Number: 120
Launched: 17/07/1901
Completed: 09/1901
Off. Number: 112448
Engine builder: Richardson Westgarth & Co.
Engine type: T. 3cyl.
GRT: 4026
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
http://www.uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/3832.html

Name: Main
GRT: 715 tons
Country: British

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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