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BBC News Scotland SS Tuscania sunk off Islay 100 years ago

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject: BBC News Scotland SS Tuscania sunk off Islay 100 years ago Reply with quote

On 24 January 1918, Tuscania departed Hoboken, New Jersey, with 384 crew members and 2,013 United States Army personnel aboard. On the morning of 5 February 1918, she turned south for the North Channel en route Liverpool. The German submarine UB-77 sighted Tuscania′s convoy during the day and stalked it until early evening. Under the cover of darkness at about 6:40 p.m., the submarine′s commanding officer, Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Meyer, ordered two torpedoes fired at Tuscania. The second of these struck home, sending her to the bottom of the Irish Sea within about four hours. Tuscania sank nearly three years to the day after her maiden voyage as a passenger liner. Approximately 210 of the troops and crew were lost,while many others were rescued by the Royal Navy destroyers Mosquito and Pigeon.

The wreck of Tuscania lies between Scotland's Islay and Northern Ireland′s Rathlin Island, about 7 nautical miles (13 km) north of Rathlin lighthouse, at roughly 55.41°N 06.185°W under 100 meters (328 feet) of water.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A memorial (With photos!) and other links are here:

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2558&highlight=tuscania

The American Monument, Mull of Oa, Islay.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Write-up of the events on 5 February 2018.

https://www.cwgc.org/learn/news-and-events/news/2018/02/07/16/29/islay-marks-100th-anniversary-of-the-sinking-of-ss-tuscania
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-43948079

The Scottish island that buried America's dead.
"The island coped with mass casualties from two major troopship disasters just eight months apart.
Between them, the sinkings of the SS Tuscania in February and HMS Otranto in October, claimed the lives of about 700 men in the last year of the war.
Both will be officially commemorated on Islay this week.
On Friday 4 May, Princess Anne will lead commemorations on Islay to mark the centenary of these twin tragedies.
These events will honour those who lost their lives and honour what the people of Islay did for those in peril on their shores a hundred years ago.
Islay: For Those In Peril is on BBC1 Scotland at 19:00 on Tuesday 1 May, with further screenings on the BBC News Channel on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May."
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject: last night's prog Reply with quote

It was so interesting if you missed it try to do catchup
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