Ships hit during WWI


GRT7,333 tons
Country  British
BuilderShort Bros., Ltd., Sunderland
OperatorNitrate Producers’ SS. Co., Ltd. (Lawther, Latta & Co.), London
HistoryThe steamer was sold in 1916 to the Cunard Steam-Ship Co., Ltd., Liverpool, renamed Vandalia, and torpedoed and sunk by U 96 on June 9, 1918.

U-boat attacks on Steamer Anglo-californian

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
14 Jul 1915U 39 (Walter Forstmann)DamagedDamaged by gunfire and put into Queenstown.
50° 15'N, 9° 00'W
Quebec - Avonmouth

The Anglo-Californian’s master, Frederick Daniel Parslow, was given a posthumous commission in the Royal Navy Reserve and awarded the Victoria Cross for the handling of his ship while under fire from U 39. His son, who was also named Frederick Parslow, took command on steamer upon his father’s death. The younger Parslow was later granted a commission as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Position of attack on Anglo-californian

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