british Jane Williamson [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type brigantine (2 masts)
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1870
weight (tons) 197  grt
dimensions 32 x 7.4 x 4 m
material wood
rigging 2 masts
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 10/09/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 663
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Williamson H. J., Whitehaven
Kearon R., Belfast
no. of crew 6
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depth (m.) 63 max. / 46 min. (m)
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entered 10/10/2005
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last update 16/01/2011
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remarksCalculated as '20 mile N N E [22.5°] from UK, St. Ives Head'.
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Lettens Jan16/01/2011Jane Williamson, built by H & J Williamson, Whitehaven in 1870 and owned at the time of her loss by R. Kearon, Belfast, was a British wooden brigantine of 197 tons.

On September 10th, 1917, Jane Williamson, on a voyage from Liverpool to Cherbourg with a cargo of coal, was sunk by gunfire by the German submarine UC-51 (Hans Galster), 20 miles NNE from St. Ives.

In an act of barbarism, Hans Glaster started to shell one of the lifeboats as well. 4 persons were lost on that boat, including the captain.
Lettens Jan22/01/2011The schooner Jane Williamson, of Arklow, met with a small German submarine off the coast of Cornwall at 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the loth September, 1917. The submarine opened fire at 150 yards range.

Her first shot smashed one of the boats, the second killed a man. There were five men left, who got into their second boat, when a shell struck her, killing one man outright and mortally wounding the skipper and another man.

The Germans beckoned the boat to them, in order to laugh at the survivors. The U-boat then submerged. The skipper lived long enough to be landed and taken to hospital, where he died. The two dead seamen were buried at Penzance.

An inquest was held upon their bodies, and the coroner described the Germans' conduct as diabolical, the jury returning a unanimous verdict of "wilful and diabolical murder.
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[1] Ajax, The German Pirate: His Methods and Record
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Allen Tony23/08/2007Jane Williamson was a sailing vessel of 197grt. On 10th September 1917 when 20 miles NNE from St Ives, Corwall she was captured by submarine and sunk by gunfire. 4 lives lost including Master.
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