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HOPEMOUNT

Site Details

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

NPRN 519188

Map Reference SQ82NE

Grid Reference SQ8553229255

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 HOPEMOUNT a 3,300ton steamship belonging to the port of Newcastle. It was on passage from Cardiff to Alexandria when it was captured by German submarine and sunk 70 miles west by south of Lundy Island on 13 June 1915. A report printed in the Abergavenny Chronicle on 18 June, noted that 'The HOPEMOUNT left Cardiff on Saturday, and was attacked by a submarine on Sunday and sunk by shell fire. The captain and three of the crew are in hospital at Barry suffering from wounds caused by the shelling, and the remainder of the crew were landed there on Monday. The HOPEMOUNT was a vessel of 3,300 tons, belonging to Messrs. Stamp, Mann and Co. Captain Robert Gibson, interviewed at Barry Hospital, said that the HOPEMOUNT, sighted the submarine about 6 o'clock on Sunday morning when about seventy miles west of Lundy Island. The submarine commenced to fire shells, several of which struck the ship, and fragments hit him (the captain) on the arms and neck. He and the crew took to the boat which had been flung out in readiness, and when they last saw the HOPEMOUNT she was settling down rapidly. After being in the boat about twelve hours they were picked up by a Greek steamer. The HOPEMOUNT's men while in the boat saw the submarine attack and sink an unknown schooner. What became of the crew of the schooner they do not know. The submarine then returned and again shelled the HOPEMOUNT, apparently because it was not sinking quickly enough. The u-boat responsible was U35 under the command of KptLt Waldemar Kophamel. The submarine would go on to be the most successful German u-boat of the Great War, sinking 226 ships. A wreck was reported in this approximate location but nothing was found by HMS FAWN during an area search in 1991.

Source:
HMSO, 1988, British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-18 and 1939-45, pub Patrick Stephens Ltd, pg7
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:
Abergavenny Chronicle, 18 June 1915 (http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/page/view/4121320/ART18)
HOPEMOUNT, http://www.uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/2892.html
U35, http://www.uboat.net/wwi/boats/index.html?boat=35
Western Daily Press, 15 June 1915, pg5 (https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000264/19150615/023/0005)
https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/465183
https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/579678

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, February 2019.