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Ian - Sussex
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Is there any info on ss Seven Seas? Am trying to find out what type of ship, where it sank and how many casualties.

I have the name of one casualty - First Mate L A Glover.

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The Times, Friday, Apr 02, 1915

TWO VESSELS TORPEDOED

NO WARNING GIVEN

LOSS OF 28 LIVES

Newhaven, April 1.

A destroyer of the Dover flotilla landed eight

survivors of the crew of the steamship Seven

Seas which was torpedoed by a German

submarine off Beachy Head about 4 o'clock

this afternoon. The look-out had barely sighted

the submarine when the vessel was struck and

it sank in three minutes.

It is stated that the Seven Seas was going

at nine knots when the submarine appeared in

her wake. After the torpedo struck her boats

were launched from the starboard side, but

they were dragged under by the suction of the

sinking ship.

The survivors on their arrival at Newhaven

were in a pitiable condition, being half-clad

and much exhausted. One man was brought

ashore in a stretcher.

The following is a list of the drowned:- Captain

Barnes, Dulwich; Chief Officer Glover, of East

Ham; Second Mate Hawkes, of London; Chief

Engineer Jaffa, of Sydenham; the Steward, the

Messroom Steward, and three sailors.

The men landed at Newhaven are Second Engineer

Favours, Bristol; Donkeyman Noman, Firemen

Melville, Freeman, Blundell, and Deschagt (a Belgian

refugee), Earl's-court, and two seamen, whose names

are not given. Noman and one of the seamen are

injured and in hospital at Newhaven.

The Seven Seas, a screw steamer of 1,194 tons gross,

was built in 1888 at Dundee, and was registered

at Cork. Owners, Leach and Co. (Limited).

The loss of 28 lives refers to both vessels lost. The other vessel lost and described in second part of the article was the French steamer Emma (1,617 tons), also lost off Beachy Head (the same submarine?). Usual caveat about the accuracy of details given in newspapers, etc. They may be right but should be checked with other sources.

regards,

Martin

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The Times, Friday, Apr 02, 1915

TWO VESSELS TORPEDOED

NO WARNING GIVEN

LOSS OF 28 LIVES

Newhaven, April 1.

regards,

Martin

Many thanks, Ian

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Geoffs search engine shows the loss of eight crew one of whom is buried at Newhaven

Chris

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Hi Chris

That's the trouble when there are two columns about the same ship. There were actually nine crew lost which I gave in the other column ;)

Cheers Ron

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