Clan MacFarlane (1)

Clan MacFarlane (1)


(1910 voyage, Wellington & Napier, NZ, to London & Antwerp with 15,800 bales of wool, at page bottom),  

122.1 metres (400.2 ft.) long, speed of 12 knots.

Built for 'The Clan Line of Steamers Limited' ('Clan'), of Glasgow. Clan became 'Cayzer, Irvine & Company, Limited' in 1907.

Possibly the line was named 'Union-Clan Line' in 1902? Was chartered to Mr. G. H. Scales in 1910.

On Dec. 30, 1915, Clan Macfarlane was in the eastern Mediterranean, en route from the Clyde & Liverpool to Bombay, India, with a general cargo. It was torpedoed & sunk by U-38. At 34.06N/26.08E, per U-38's KTB ('kriegstagebuch' or war diary) or 34.50N/25.55E per Miramar, or 34.05N/25.44E, 66 miles SExS of Cape Martello, Crete.

Of the 75 aboard, 52 lost their lives, including the Captain (J W Swanston). U-38 sank 138 vessels in its long career. It was captained by the much decorated (including 'Pour le Mérite', i.e. the Blue Max) Max Valentiner who was responsible for the sinking of 143 merchant ships, 1 warship, with others captured & damaged.

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