Clan Murray (2)

PRHT

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  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 possibly  the 3rd Engineer as well.

 64 persons died - nearly all on those on board.

Torpedoed and Sunk  - 1917

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Clan Murray (2)

1897

1917 Torpedoed and sunk west of Fastnet

4835

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

106077

Wm Doxford

Sunderland

Wm Doxford

Sunderland

Triple Expansion Steam

437 NHP

2800 IHP

1

Master

Date

Left

Destination

J E Woodall

10/1914

Liverpool

Bombay


4/1917

Port Pirie

Belfast

Master

From

To

A J Barham

1897

1899

S Beer

1899

1901

E C Ody

1901

1901

S Beer

1901

1903

A Williamson

1903

1905

D Dall

1905

1908

S A Jones

1908

1909

H R East

1909

1910

J E Woodall

1910

1917

Torpedoed & Sunk

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