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Re: Meteor's victims
Posted by: Norrie Moir ()
Date: June 19, 2004 05:50PM

Hello again,
Further to my last. I am still researching the North Sea Packet SS Vienna, impounded in Hamburg at the outbreak of war and later converted to the armed minelayer Meteor. I am trying to obtain photos of her in either guise as well as compile further history on her. My Grandfather was Quartermaster on board, when she was the Vienna, and was interned in Rhuleben prison camp for the duration of the war.

As the Meteor, she laid a field of 374 mines in the Moray Firth, off Banff, on Saturday, August 7th 1915, not all of which were removed. In all 280 were accounted for by that October. What became of the rest, I wonder? In 1917, on the 24th/25th of February, HMY Verona hit a mine, of Lossiemouth. I don’t know if it was a British or German mine, but she was lost with all hands. Could it be possible this was one of the un-swept mines, laid by the Meteor, which had perhaps broken loose? After so long in the sea, I suppose the moorings could have rusted and corroded through and the mine come free, to drift into the path of whatever came along.

It would be ironic if this were so, as my Grandfather’s brother, my grand uncle, was lost in this sinking. I have complete details of the Verona should anyone wish to have them.
Norrie Moir

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Meteor's victims Brian 03/06/2003 05:46AM
Re: Meteor's victims Michael Lowrey 03/06/2003 06:58AM
Re: Meteor's victims Brian 03/06/2003 03:49PM
Re: Meteor's victims Simon 03/06/2003 07:57PM
Re: Meteor's victims Rolf Skiold 06/11/2003 12:36PM
Re: Meteor's victims Norrie Moir 03/06/2004 08:14PM
Re: Meteor's victims Norrie Moir 06/19/2004 05:50PM
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