World War One discussions.
Re: loss of MFA SS Eleanor
Posted by: Ron Young ()
Date: February 13, 2008 12:42PM
Employed during WW 1 as a requisitioned MFA-mine carrier, this vessel was torpedoed at 4 a.m. by the Kaiserliche Marine U-boat SM UB 57 without warning. Only the 2nd Mate escaped alive out of a crew of thirty-five. This officer was asleep in his cabin when he was woken by a huge explosion, and on going on deck found all the boats blown away and the vessel sinking. He made his way to a deserted bridge, from where a second explosion blew him into the sea and the vessel sank. Managing to get hold of a liferaft, he clambered on top where he was spotted by the submarine responsible for the sinking. This surfaced and pulled alongside him, where he was questioned as to his ship's name and cargo. At 6.30 a.m. he was picked up by a passing steamship, transferred to a British patrol drifter and landed at Poole.