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Daybreak - lives lost

Masters: 1911-14 E Morris: 1915-17 ST Pope.

The defensively armed British merchant ship survived a U-boat attack in the Arctic Ocean on 1 November 1916 but on a voyage from Huelva for Glasgow with a cargo of maize, when she was near Strangford Lough shore, off the Ards Peninsula a mile east of South Rock lightship, County Down on 24 December 1917, she was torpedoed without warning & sunk by German submarine U-87 (Rudolf Freiherr von Speth-Schulzburg) 21 lives were lost including the master.

Lives lost December 1917: Barrett, James, ordinary seaman, 18, Kinsale, County Cork; Bianchi, Paolo, fireman, 37, Casal Zebbug, Malta; Collins, W, able seaman, 35, b. St Johns, Newfoundland ; Dobson, John Edward Tomlin, 2nd mate, 30, Polruan, Cornwall;

Fredericksen, T, able seaman, 19, Denmark; Gomez, Jacine, able seaman, 35, Portugal; Greenway, Thomas, boatswain, 47, Kinsale, County Cork; Gomez, Jacine, able seaman, 35, b. Portugal; Gulwell, Ernest, mess room steward, 17, Tewkesbury; Harrop, Griffiths, Joseph, 2nd engineer, 23, Pontardulais; Holland, James Allcock, ship’s cook, 45, Birkenhead; Kennedy, Joseph, fireman (served as Bonner) aged 33, Thomas St. Londonderry; Muscat, Michael, fireman, 39, Bona, Malta ; O’Conner, William, seaman, 39, Brownsmills, Kinsale; Owen, William, 1st mate, 39, North Llanllechid; Pepper, Thomas, seaman, 18, Nottingham; Pope, SF, master; Postlethwaite, Tom Bennett Steward, 62, Keswick, Cumberland; Sumner, Frank, signalman, 18, Leamington Spa; Verney, Samuel, seaman, 19, London; Wilkins, W, fireman, 27, Southampton.

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