|Builder||C. S. Swan & Hunter, Newcastle|
|Operator||Capel & Co. (Newcastle & Hull), Ltd|
U-boat attacks on Steamer Cairnstrath
|1||4 Aug 1917||UC 71 (Reinhold Saltzwedel)||Sunk||Torpedoed 6 miles SSW of Ile du Pilier||47° 00'N, 2° 29'W||Bilbao - Tyne||iron ore||22|
|In the early hours of Aug. 4th, 1917, Cairnstrath, Capt. Thompson, was hit by a torpedo and she subsequently sank almost immediately. The first information came when a telegram signalled an unknown wreck with two masts visible off Ile du Pilier. Patrol boat Berthic was then sent to search the spot and found the body of a man whose papers led to suppose he had been a crew member of the steamer Cairnstrath. Short time before, the french tug Victoire had saved a survivor who confirmed the loss of the ship. He was to be the only one of a crew of 23. That same night UC 71 had sunk the british SS Aube and damaged french SS Afrique.
See also : http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?86185|
Position of attack on Cairnstrath
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