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SUSANNAH

Site Details

© Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 519182

Map Reference SR14SE

Grid Reference SR1556642068

Unitary (Local) Authority Maritime

Old County Maritime

Community Maritime

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Modern

Site Description Archaeological remains associated with the loss of this vessel are not confirmed as present at this location, but may be in the vicinity.

Event and Historical Information:
The SUSANNAH was a wooden schooner built in 1873 by Barr at Ardrossan. Technical and configuration specifications are given as 115gt, 92nt; 88ft 8in length x 21ft 9in breadth x 10ft 5in height; 1 deck; official number 62775. The schooner was firest registered at Preston in June 1873 (5 in 1873). Owners during its long service life included William Seed, Preston; James Bonney, Freckleton; William Threlfall, Freckleton; Joseph Waters, Truro; and lastly Albert Edward Benney, Falmouth. On 8 June 1915, the schooner was on passage from Preston to Truro or from Pomaron (Portugal) to Dublin (sources differ) carrying coal under the command of master A Cundy. It was captured by German submarine U-35 and reported scuttled 40 miles south-southwest of the Smalls (other sources suggest that the schooner was mined). The submarine was under the command of Waldemar Kophamel and the submarine would go on to be the most successful U-boat of the Great War, sinking 226 ships. The wreck of the SUSANNAH was not located during a search of the area in 1980.

Sources include:
Cornishman. 17 June 1915, pg7 (https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000331/19150617/067/0007)
Larn and Larn shipwreck database 2002
Goddard, T, 1983, Pembrokeshire Shipwrecks, pg 101
HMSO, 1988, British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-18, pg 7
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping, 1 July 1815- 30 June 16, number 592 in S
Mercantile Navy List 1890, page 617
Mercantile Navy List 1900, page 707
Mercantile Navy List 1910, page 906
Mercantile Navy List 1915, page 999
Pepler, Jonathan: Milford Haven Shipping, 1881, in Cymru a'r Mor/Maritime Wales, No 9, p133
UK Hydrographic Office Wrecks and Obstructions Database. © Crown Copyright and database rights. Reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (www.ukho.gov.uk)

WWW resources:
SUSANNAH, http://www.uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/5844.html
U35, http://www.uboat.net/wwi/boats/index.html?boat=35

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, September 2018.