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RMS Mooltan


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Can anyone help me please with the circumstances of the sinking of this vessel - all I have got so far is that she was lost whilst on a voyage from Melbourne in 1917

All The Best

Chris

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Chris,

Mooltan, a steamer of 9621 grt (or 9723 grt, sources differ), was torpedoed and sunk on July 26, 1917 by the German submarine UC 27 53 miles NNW1/2W Cape Serrat 37°56'N, 08°34'E while on a voyage from Sydney, NSW and Freemantle for London with general cargo, mails, and meat. Two lives lost.

Best wishes,

Michael

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Michael

My thanks & Merry Christmas

Chris

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  • 4 weeks later...

As per Michael's post, the MOOLTAN was torpedoed on the 26th July 1917 with 554 people, and a cargo of mail & meat onboard.

The MOOLTAN was being escorted at the time by two Japanese destroyers, the Kusonoki and the Ume, and all but two of those aboard the ship were rescued by these escorting ships.

The Kusonoki & Ume then engaged the German submarine, but were unsuccessfull in their attempts to sink her, and had to disengage because they were leaving the second ship they were escorting (the LOTUS) in a vulnerable position.

Regards

Paul

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Paul

my thanks for the additonal info

All The Best

Chris

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