british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Galeka [+1916]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1899
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 6772  grt
dimensions 134.1 x 16.2 x 9.1 m
engine 2 triple expansion engines
speed 12.5  knots
yard no. 347
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 28/10/1916  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.19rank: 635
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
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depth (m.) 1 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 18/08/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 26/07/2011
[1] Lettens Jan27/04/2009
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Lettens Jan08/10/2010Galeka, built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Glasgow in 1899 and owned at the time of her loss by Union-Castle Mail SS. Co. Ltd., Southampton, was a British hospital ship of 6772 tons.

On October 28th, 1916, Galeka was hit by a mine from the German submarine UC-26 (Matthias Graf von Schmettow), 5 miles NW Cap de la Hague. She was subsequently beached but declared a total loss..
Jones Richard13/11/2012Hi Susann
I have just read your post about your grandfather with great interest. My grandfather was serving on the Galeka at the same time as yours and he was lucky enough to survive the sinking and the rest of the war.
I would be very interested to read the newspaper article you mentioned as I’m struggling to find out more information about my grandfather’s war service.
I’ve attached a scan of my grandfather’s potted history for you to add to your own research
Best Wishes and Many Thanks
Richard Jones
Barnes Susann26/07/2011My grandfather, George Edward Barnes, was in the R.A.M.C. After the Galeka was mined, he was found by a rescue boat holding an injured man. The injured man was taken in the rescue boat first, and then my grandfather. According to the newpaper clipping, George Edward Barnes did then expire and the injured man lived to tell the tale. Grandfather had servred in both Boer War campaigns and in WW1 in the R.A.M.C.

He is remembered on the memorial at Cap le Hague.
Allen Tony26/06/2007Galeka was a British hospital ship of 6,772grt. On the 28th October 1916 when 5 miles NW from Cape la Hague she hit a mine and sank.
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About Owners
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London

Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. was the result of the merger of Union Steamship Co. (1853-1900) and Castle Mail Packet Co. (1862-1900) owned by Donald Currie & Co. The Union-Castle Line owned the greatest fleet ever to serve South Africa. The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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