Clan Ross (2)


Although finally sunk by a Japanese submarine she had been previously damaged by a German one.

Torpedoed and Damaged in The Mediterranean - 1918

Torpedoed and Sunk in The Arabian Sea - 1942

2nd April 1942

Torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-6 on a voyage from Liverpool to Durban via Bombay and Cochin with a cargo including explosives.

Arabian Sea, 300 miles SW of Bombay. In the afternoon, I-6's lookouts spot 5,897-ton British steamer CLAN ROSS sailing independently from Liverpool to Cochin with 3,655 tons of general cargo and 1,027 tons of explosives. The submarine closes at high speed and submerges in a favorable position.

LtCdr Inaba fires two torpedoes from 1,640 yards, scoring one hit port amidships. At 1414, CLAN ROSS goes down by the stern at 15-58N, 68-24E. 11 sailors are lost, 3 injured.

I-6 surfaces again to question the survivors. Her medical officer provides them with water and biscuits and gives them the bearing to Bombay.

Before departure, the off-duty crew lines up on the afterdeck and salutes the survivors, wishing them a "Bon Voyage!" in broken French.

The survivors from Clan Ross are later rescued by Norwegian armed motor merchant L.A. CHRISTENSEN and a native Indian vessel.

Loading China Clay at Fowey - 1928

Clansman - October 1975

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Clan Ross (2)

1914

1918 Torpedoed and holed and towed to safety in France

1940 Attacked by German aircraft in St Georges Channel and escaped

1942 Torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine in Arabian Sea

5897

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

136330

Swan Hunter

Wallsend

Swan Hunter

Wallsend

Steam 3 Cyl

565 NHP

3400 IHP

1

Master

Date

Left

Destination

J Clark

10/1914

N Shields

Bombay

L G Openshaw

1928



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