Daily Event for April 24, 2012

Launched at Caledon Shipbuilding in Dundee, Scotland on July 2, 1924 the 1,101 ton freighter Rydal Force was used as a coastal freighter for the West Coast Shipping Company for her whole career. That career came to a deadly end on April 24, 1940 when she hit a mile laid by German aircraft off the Gull light vessel at the River Thames. Eleven of her crew were lost in the sinking, the wreck is still where it sank all those years ago.
© 2012 Michael W. Pocock

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

Burgess, Alvert V.
Able Seaman
Crawford, Leonard
Able Seaman
Dahle, Olaf
Able Seaman
Harries, Joseph H.
Harris, James
Hudson, Percy
Joce, Henry M.
Jones, Edward
Chief Officer
O'Toole, James
Able Seaman
Owen, Owen E.
2nd Officer
Wilson, Harold H.
Chief Engineer Officer
His brother John William died in Canford Chine Feb. 8, 1941

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