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SS Roxborough


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Does anybody have any details on the sinking of this ship ? any information would be helpful.


GEORGE ALWYN MOUNSEY age 34 3rd Engineer - SS Roxborough 5th April 1918

Third son of Mr and Mrs G Mounsey, Blencathra St, Keswick.

Lost after his ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, he was last seen in the engine room.


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The date of death would be March 5, 1918, not April 5, 1918. Roxborough was a 4630 grt steamer built in 1906 as Drumeldre. Roxborough was torpedoed and sunk and sunk by the German submarine UC 74, 15 miles E by N ½ N of Cape St. John, Crete, while on a voyage from Karachi for Salonica with a cargo of barley. 6 lost. The steamer was managed by A. M. Sutherland, Newcastle at the time of her loss.

Best wishes,


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Vessel's name is ROXBURGH

from Disasters at Sea:


Sutherland Steamship Co.; 1906; W. Doxford & Sons; 4,630 tons;

380-8x51-2x25-4; 339 n.h.p.; 10 knots; triple-expansion


The steamship Roxburgh, was torpedoed and sunk by a German

submarine 15 miles E. by N. % N. of Cape St. John, Crete, on March

4th, 1918. Six men were killed. The captain was among the survivors.

and CWGC Casualty Details: (Looks like an obvious typo in his name)


Initials: G A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Third Engineer

Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine

Unit Text: S.S. "Roxburgh" (Newcastle)

Age: 34

Date of Death: 05/03/1918

Additional information: Born at Keswick.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead


Cheers, Terry

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Many many thanks for the quick response, I continue to be blown away by the knowledge and help on this forum, I will update my site with the details.

thanks once again


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  • 11 years later...

This is interesting but also confusing as there was a s.s. Roxburgh sailing as a coastal cargo vessel for J.B. Sutherland of Newcastle in 1919. The master (a relative of mine) was Captain Frederick Richardson who drowned and died when he fell from the gangplank when boarding the vessel in Blyth on 10 December 1919. The wharves (staithes) at Blyth were also owned by the Sutherlands.
Confirmatory details of the above can be found in press reports of the inquest into Captain Richardson held by the Coroner for South Northumberland, M P M Dodds.

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