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1917 Aigburth West Lancashire Steam Ship Co. Ltd.


The defensively-armed British steamship Aigburth was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-75, 2 miles off the South Cheek, Robin Hood's Bay, on 5th December, 1917. The steamer was in a 7-ship convoy on a voyage from the Tyne to Tréport with a cargo of coal when she was struck by a single torpedo, sinking almost immediately.

Eleven crew were lost, including Hartlepool-born Albert Edward Horswell.

The other crewmen who lost their lives were: Burge, William George; Burns, Robert; Geddes, W.B.; Griffiths, Hugh; Harris, Thomas; Hughes, Hugh; Johnston, John James Swan; Jones, Owen; Keefe, James; Taggart, Patrick John.


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