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SS 'CALYPSO' sunk 11th July 1916

The Steamship 'CALYPSO' was a 2,876grt British Merchantship built in 1904 by Earle’s SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Hull and owned by T. Wilson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Hull . There was accommodation for 57-1st, 44-2nd and 863-3rd class passengers.
Taken up by the Admiralty in November 1914, she was renamed HMS CALYX and armed with 8 x 4.7inch and 2 x 3pounder guns. She served with the 10th Cruiser Squadron until 26.6.1915 when she was returned to the Wilson Line.
On the 10th July 1916, in the North Sea, when about 15 miles west of Listafjorden, Norway she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine U-53 when on route from London for Christiania carrying a general cargo. 30 lives lost, including Master.

LOST CREW - SS CALYPSO

  1. ABRAHAMSON, C (60), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Russia, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  2. BENSON, W , Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  3. BERGEN, M F (45), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in U.S.A, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  4. BOIG, T (27), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Russia, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  5. BURTON, B S (33), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  6. COSTELLO, J (38), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Tipperary, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  7. DE JONG, W C (24), Boatswain, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Jan Hendrik de Jong and Elisabeth de Jong. Born at Rotterdam, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  8. EATON, C H (25), Assistant Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  9. FORSELL, GUSTAF TEODOR (62), Carpenter, Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Johan Gustaf Forsell; husband of Henrietta Forsell (nee Sshultz), of 29, Edward's Place, Hull. Born at Akesund, Sweden. Naturalised British subject, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  10. FURLONG, N (52), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at New Ross, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  11. GIBSON, GEORGE (47), Chief Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Elizabeth Gibson and the late George Gibson; husband of Margaret Helen Gibson (nee Bullard), of 7, Acland St., Albert Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  12. GRAY, WILLIAM (47), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Alexander and Euphemia Gray; husband of Minnie Gray, of 59, Regent St., Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Born at Liverpool, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  13. HOLDSWORTH, CLIFFORD MOLLEY (24), Third Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Raymond and Annie Gertrude Holdsworth (nee Darley), of 132, Ella St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  14. HOLMES, H (21), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born at Adelaide, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  15. HOTHAM, ALBERT ROBERT (42), Donkeyman, S.S. Calypso, †04/07/1916, Husband of Ellen Hotham, of 10, Carlton Terrace, S. Boulevard, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  16. JAMES, LEONARD VERNER (15), Mess Room Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Vernon John James, of 71, Martins Rd., Shortlands, Kent, and the late Priscilla James. Born at Sittingbourne, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  17. JOULES, HAROLD (28), Chief Officer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Elsie May Morton (formerly Joules), of Cleveleys, Clifford Avenue, Ings Rd., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  18. NELSON, F (57), Assistant Cook, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Denmark, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  19. NIXON, H (24), Wireless Operator, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mrs. H. Nixon, of 36, Cumberland St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  20. PLUMB, JOHN EDWIN (32), Ship's Cook, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Annie Elizabeth Appleton (formerly Plumb), of 79, Thoresby St., Prince's Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  21. SAADULLAH, M , Fireman, S.S. CALYPSO, †10/07/1916, Memorial: Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
  22. SAVMIENTO, F (25), Fireman, S.S. Calypso,, †11/07/1916, Born at Gibraltar, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  23. SIGHVATSSON, A (29), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Iceland, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  24. SMITH, C C , Master, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  25. SMITH, ARTHUR PEARSON (39), Chief Steward, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Beatrice Smith, of 33, Ormonde Avenue, Desmond Avenue, Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  26. STOCKDALE, TOM (35), Second Officer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of the late Tom and Ruth Stockdale; husband of Mary Ann Stockdale (nee Betney), of 3, Swinburne St., Westcott St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  27. SWANBERG, LEO (31), Fireman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Born in Sweden, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  28. TAYLOR, JOHN WILLIAM (26), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Husband of Elizabeth Emma Taylor, of 66, Reedworth St., Kennington Rd., London. Born in London, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  29. WESTCOTT, WILLIAM ALEXANDER GEORGE (37), Able Seaman, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mary Ann Westcott, of 29, Windmill St., Gravesend. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
  30. WESTERMAN, ARTHUR STEWART (33), Second Engineer, S.S. Calypso, †11/07/1916, Son of Mrs. Ada Westerman, of 36, Peel St., Hull. Born at Hull, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial