Clan Murray (2)


A 'turret' steamer.

400 ft. (about 126 metres) long, speed of 11 or 12 knots.

Built for 'The Clan Line Steamers Limited', of Glasgow (Cayzer, Irvine & Co., the manager).

At 4 a.m. on May 29, 1917, under the command of Captain John E. Woodall, while en route from Port Pirie, S. Australia to Belfast with a cargo of wheat, the vessel was torpedoed by UC 55, Oberleutnant zur See Theodor Schultz in command, 40 miles WxS of Fastnet (SW tip of Ireland).

At 50.57N, 10.21W. It was armed with just one recently installed gun.

The Captain & the 3rd officer, A. G. Macpherson, were 'blown off the bridge by the force of the explosion'.

The Captain recovered somewhat, stopped the engines, went below to destroy the code books & was never seen again. Macpherson was taken aboard UC 55, & taken to Germany as a prisoner. And maybe the 3rd Engineer also, however 2 does not so indicate. 64 persons died - nearly all on those on board.

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