S.S. Kelvinbank was built at
Sunderland in 1905 as the S.S. Drumcliffe
by Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd
for Joseph Chadwick & Sons of
|On the 6th August 1914 she was
one of three steamships stopped by
the German light cruiser Dresden
off NE Brazil. She had been sailing
from Buenos Aires for New York. As she was unladen and the Captain's wife and child were on board, the wireless installation was destroyed
and the officers and crew agreed to sign parole they would not serve during the war.
The ship was released within two hours.
War 1 at Sea
- British Merchant and Fishing
Vessels Lost and Damaged
|She was later re-named Kelvinbank.
At the time of her loss she was
being operated by
the Glasgow Steam Shipping Company.
|On the 13th June 1917 she was on
a voyage from Liverpool to
Archangel, Russia, via Glasgow,
carrying general cargo when she was
sunk by German submarine U-69 100
miles off Cape Wrath, Scotland. All
sixteen members of the crew were
|One other crewman,
Denis Forde died on
the 22nd March 1916 whilst serving
aboard the Kelvinbank. He is
commemorated on the Tower Hill