S.S. Kelvinbank

 

S.S. Kelvinbank was built at Sunderland in 1905 as the S.S. Drumcliffe by Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd for Joseph Chadwick & Sons of Liverpool .
 
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. [World War 1 at Sea - British Merchant and Fishing Vessels Lost and Damaged naval-history.net]
 
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 lost. [wrecksite]
 
One other crewman, Denis Forde died on the 22nd March 1916 whilst serving aboard the Kelvinbank. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.
Local Crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view 2nd Steward HORACE LIEVESLEY CLARKE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JAMES CLYNES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JAMES GARTLAND TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JOHN GOLIGHTLY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman WILLIAM HOWARD TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Boatswain DAVID HUGHES TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman THOMAS IRVIN TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Fireman JAMES McCABE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Chief Engineer JAMES PLATT WALLS PARISH CHURCHYARD
view Fireman HUGH RILEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Ordinary Seaman WILLIAM JAMES THUNDOW TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Seaman PHILIP WEST TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Other Crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Master HERBERT JOHN COLLEY TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view First Mate THOMAS MORGAN TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Carpenter RICHARD OWEN PRITCHARD TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
view Third Mate DAVID WOOD TOWER HILL MEMORIAL