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terryb95

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My grandfather wat transported to the western front on the ss Artist how and where would I found out information about the ship and its log for that period

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Can't help a great deal but the SS Artist was built in 1909 by T & J Harrison. Unfortunately I have conflcting informati,on about the date of her demise. One source gives 27 January 1917 the other the same day in 1916. She was torpedoeed in a heavy gale but a search failed to find survivors for three days.

Some 23 men managed to get into open boats but seven died of wounds and exposure.

Not a lot of help but I hope it is useful background information.

Terry Reeves

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I think if any of the ship's logs have survived you will be able to find them at PRO/NA in Kew - this is the case for RN ships an I assume also for MN vessels. The National Maritime Museum archives at Greenwich may be able to assist with a photo.

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I have an AB Thomas Barrett, Mercantile Marine in my files. He served aboard the S.S. "Artist" (Liverpool) the CWGC gives his death as 27th January 1917.

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As previously stated S S Artist was one of T. J. Harrison’s [Liverpool] fleet. She was built in 1909 by Chas Connell & Co. On the 27th January 1917 she was torpedoed and sunk by U-55 whilst enroute from Newport, Mons. to Alexandria with a cargo of coal.

Arthur.

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