Clan Line

War Time Losses

Vessel

Date

Cause

Souls Lost

Clan Matheson (2)

14 September 1914

Gunfire from Emden in Indian Ocean

0

Clan Grant (2)

16 October 1914

Gunfire from Emden in Indian Ocean

0

Clan Stuart (2)

21 November 1914

Wrecked South Africa

0

Clan MacNaughton (1)

03 February 1915

Lost while serving as AMC in North Atlantic

281

Clan MacAlister (2)

06 November 1915

Torpedoed by U35 in Mediterranean

0

Clan MacLeod (3)

01 December 1915

Gunfire from U33 in Mediterranean

12

Clan MacFarlane (1)

30 December 1915

Torpedoed by U38 in Mediterranean

52

Clan MacTavish (1)

22 February 1916

Gunfire and bombs from Moewe in North Atlantic

18

Clan Campbell (3)

03 April 1916

Torpedoed by U39 in Mediterranean

0

Clan Leslie

04 November 1916

Torpedoed by U43 in Mediterranean

3

Clan Shaw (2)

23 January 1917

Mined in North Atlantic

2

Clan Farquhar (1)

26 February 1917

Torpedoed by UB43 in Mediterranean

49

Clan MacMillan (1)

23 March 1917

Torpedoed by UB39 in Mediterranean

0

Clan Murray (2)

29 May 1917

Torpedoed by UC55 in North Atlantic

64

Clan Alpine (2)

09 June 1917

Torpedoed by U60 in North Atlantic

8

Clan Davidson (1)

24 June 1917

Torpedoed by UC17 in North Atlantic

14

Clan MacLachlan (1)

19 July 1917

Collision with Europa in Mediterranean

6

Clan Ferguson (1)

06 September 1917

Torpedoed by UB49 in Mediterranean

10

Clan MacCorquodale

17 November 1917

Torpedoed by UB51 in Mediterranean

0

Clan Cameron (2)

22 December 1917

Torpedoed by UB58 in English Channel

0

Clan MacPherson (2)

04 March 1918

Torpedoed by UC27 in Mediterranean

20

Clan MacDougall (1)

15 March 1918

Torpedoed by UB49 in Mediterranean

33

Clan MacKay (3)

11 May 1918

Convoy collision with Eurypylus in North Atlantic

0

Clan Matheson (3)

23 May 1918

Convoy collision with Western Front in North Atlantic

0

Clan Forbes (2)

09 June 1918

Torpedoed by UB105 in Mediterranean

2

Clan MacNab (3)

04 August 1918

Torpedoed by U113 in English Channel

22

Clan MacNeil (2)

06 August 1918

Torpedoed by UC34 in Mediterranean

0

Clan MacVey

08 August 1918

Torpedoed by UB57 in English Channel

7

Figures for lives lost are approximate. They vary from source to source and are subject to variation if, for example, an injured man later dies of his wounds, or was killed during the loss of a ship which had rescued him or taken him prisoner.


The data shown here was sourced from “Clan Line - Illustrated Fleet History”

World War 1

Vessel

Date

Cause

Souls Lost

Clan Chisholm (2)

17 October 1939

Torpedoed by U48 in North Atlantic

4

Clan Morrison

24 February 1940

Mined in North Sea

0

Clan Stuart (3)

11 March 1940

Convoy collision with Orlock Head in English Channel

0

Clan MacAlistair (3)

29 May 1940

Bombed off Dunkirk

18

Clan MacFarlane (2)

17 July 1940

Collision with Ganges in Indian Ocean

41

Clan Monroe (3)

29 July 1940

Mined in North Sea

13

Clan Menzies (2)

29 July 1940

Torpedoed by U99 in North Atlantic

6

Clan MacPhee

16 August 1940

Torpedoed by U30 in North Atlantic

67

Clan MacKinlay (1)

06 November 1940

Bombed off Scotland

5

Clan MacNab (3)

17 March 1941

Convoy collision with Strix in North Atlantic

0

Clan Ogilvy (2)

21 March 1941

Torpedoed by U105 in North Atlantic

61

Clan Fraser (3)

06 April 1941

Bombed in Mediterranean

12

Clan Cumming (2)

14 April 1941

Mined in Mediterranean

0

Clan Buchanan (3)

28 April 1941

Sunk by Pinguin in Indian Ocean

106

Empire Song

09 May 1941

Mined in Mediterranean

17

Clan MacDougall (2)

31 May 1941

Torpedoed by U106 in North Atlantic

2

Clan Chattan (2)

14 February 1942

Bombed in Mediterranean

0

Clan Campbell (4)

23 March 1942

Bombed in Mediterranean

10

Clan Ross (2)

02 April 1942

Torpedoed by I-6 in Indian Ocean

11

Clan Skene

10 May 1942

Torpedoed by U333 in North Atlantic

9

Clan MacQuarrie (1)

13 June 1942

Torpedoed by Leonardo da Vinci off West Africa

1

Clan MacNaughton (2)

01 August 1942

Torpedoed by U155 in North Atlantic

6

Clan Ferguson (2)

12 August 1942

Torpedoed by a Heinkel 111 aircraft in Mediterranean

18

Clan MacWhirter

26 August 1942

Torpedoed by U156 in North Atlantic

9

Clan MacTavish (2)

08 October 1942

Torpedoed by U159 in North Atlantic

89

Clan MacTaggart (1)

16 November 1942

Torpedoed by U92 in North Atlantic

3

Clan MacFadyen (2)

27 November 1942

Torpedoed by U508 in North Atlantic

82

Clan Alpine (3)

13 March 1943

Torpedoed by U107 in North Atlantic

26

Clan MacIndoe (1)

26 April 1943

Fire and explosion in Mediterranean

0

Clan MacPherson (3)

01 May 1943

Torpedoed by U515 in North Atlantic

4

Clan MacArthur (3)

11 August 1943

Torpedoed by U181 in Indian Ocean

20

World War 2

The Clan Line at War

Clan Line saw a large number of its ships either requisitioned by the British government, or otherwise used to ship vital supplies to Britain during the First and Second World Wars.

Their ubiquitousness led to them being called the 'Scots Navy' (due to their officers' sleeve rings being identical to those of the Royal Navy) and they were often in dangerous environments, at risk from mines, air attacks or German U-boats.

During the Second World War, for example, four of the Line's Cameron class steamers were requisitioned in 1942 by the Royal Navy whilst still under construction at Greenock Dockyard and commissioned as HMS Athene (aircraft transporter), HMS Engadine (aircraft transporter) and HMS Bonaventure (submarine depot ship for X-craft) and HMS Lamont (troop transport).

The Clan Line lost a total of 30 ships in the 1939-45 war.

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