Daily Event for May 19, 2012

May 19, 1918 SMS U-63 and Kapitänleutnant Kurt Hartwig was operating southwest of Malta when two ships were located. One, SS Saxilby of the Ropner Company, was damaged by one of Hattwig's torpedoes, but the other, SS Snowdon, was sunk. Snowdon was built as Barnesmore in 1896 at Richardson Duck in Stockton for W. Johnston & Company. In 1904 she was sold to C. Radcliffe & Company (Snowdon Steamship Company) Cardiff, Wales and renamed Snowdon. I sadly do not have an account of the sinking, I do know that two men were lost.

Saxilby was repaired and survived the war, she went missing in the north Atlantic after sending a distress signal on Nov. 15, 1933. None of the crew were found.
© 2012 Michael W. Pocock

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

Lewis, William M.
1st Mate
Owen, John L.

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