Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

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SS 'ZARA' sunk 13th April 1917

 

The 'ZARA' was a 1,331-ton cargo-passenger ship that measured: 257.0 x 35.2. Wm. Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow built and completed her as Yard No.130 in June 1897 for Bailey & Leetham, Ltd., Hull. In 1903 she was owned by T. Wilson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Hull. In 1917 the registered owner was Ellerman's Wilson Line, Ltd., Hull. She was torpedoed and sunk by SM U 30, on 13 April 1917, 90 miles W ¾ W from Hellisø Island (60.08N-01.52E), while voyaging from London to Trondhjem, with general cargo. 27 liives were lost.  Eleven members of the crew and 11 passengers were killed. The remaining 17 crew members and 17 passengers set sail in lifeboats for the Norwegian coast. They managed to reach Norway, but five crew members died of exposure on the way there.

LOST CREW - ZARA

ABRAHAM, John Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BLACKLEY, Charles Greaser MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BOYLE, John Joseph 3rd Engineer MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

BROWN, John Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

COLE, Tom Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) 13.4.17 

EDWARDS, H. Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

FENTIMAN, Harold John 2nd Engineer MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

FROW, Thomas Henry Assistant Steward MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4. 17 

GOLIGHTLY, William Meadley lMate MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

LYONS, John Able Seaman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

PAUL, Thomas Fireman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

POPPLETON, Walter Howard Mess Steward MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

THOMPSON, Walter Boatswain (Bosun) & Lamps MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

WALKER, E. ,J Ship Cook MM SS Zara 13.4.17 

WALTERS, Milward Donkeyman MM SS Zara (Hull) drowned 13.4.17 

KNOWLES, Robert Able Seaman RNVR Mersey Z868 (D) SS Zara killed 13.4.17