Daily Event for May 7, 2011

The cargo steamer Orkla was built in 1888 by S. P. Austin & Son in Sunderland, England, she was 282' long with a beam of 38' she was registered at 2,070 gross tons. She was launched on March 28, 1888 and christened by one of Austin's daughters. Orkla sailed under that name until 1915 when she was sold and renamed Lowmount.

On May 7, 1917 Lowmount struck a mine that was laid by SMS UC-70 off the Isle of Wight and sank. The only details about the sinking I have are the names of the five men who lost their lives.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Lowmount
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Callan, James
Garcia, Raphael
Harrison, Joseph
Mess Room Steward
Jensen, A. H.
Able Seaman
Monk, Fred A.
Able Seaman

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