british SS Lulworth Hill (+1943)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1940
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 7628  grt
dimensions 128.32 x 18.59 x 10.67 m
engine 1 x 3 cyl triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 2150  i.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 440
IMO/Off. no. 167631
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 19/03/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.54rank: 586
about people
builder
Hamilton Wm. & Co, Glasgow
engine by
Rowan David & Co., Glasgow
owner
Ruthi & Kuluku - Dorset Steamship Co. Ltd., London
captain W.E. Mcewan
complement 56
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entered 09/05/2008
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last update 19/03/2014
 
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Lockett Graham23/09/2010Ships Carpenter K. Cooke wrote of the sinking:

The deck was a scene of pandemonium...Figures dimly seen...ran desperately to their boat stations, only to find, as I did, that to continue farther towards the boat deck was impossible. Shouts of “Jump, for God’s sake, jump!” were coming from... everywhere.

Groping my way through thick wraiths of hissing steam, I discovered that the poor old girl had been cut clean in two...The forward part was already upending and ready to plunge beneath the waves. I could see figures...running up the sloping deck and leaping overboard...Shouts, screams and curses filled my ears as the bows dived...Beneath me I felt the after part, too, begin to tilt. I scrambled aft...when I reached the taffrail...I gazed at the water (far) below me...the huge twin propellers were still turning...and deterred me from the leap...Then with a tiny tremor...the ship began to take her dive ...My fear of being sucked under with the dying Lulworth Hill overcame my fear of the revolving propellers...I shut my eyes and over I went. ...

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Allen Tony09/05/2008Lulworth Hill SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 7,628 tons built in 1940 by William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow, Yard No 440 for Ruthi & Kuluku. She was powered by a steam Triple expansion, 3cylinder engine of 2150ihp giving 11 knots built by D Rowan & Co Ltd, Glasgow.

On the 19th March 1943 she was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine Da Vinci when on passage form Mauritius for Liverpool.

Of 39 crew, 36 were lost, 1 taken pow and 2 survivors were picked up from a raft on 7th May 1943.
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Lettens Jan24/09/2010LEONARDO DA VINCI FINAL PATROL

On her final patrol the Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci sank following ships:



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Lockett Graham23/09/2010Ships Carpenter K. Cooke wrote of the sinking:

The deck was a scene of pandemonium...Figures dimly seen...ran desperately to their boat stations, only to find, as I did, that to continue farther towards the boat deck was impossible. Shouts of “Jump, for God’s sake, jump!” were coming from... everywhere.

Groping my way through thick wraiths of hissing steam, I discovered that the poor old girl had been cut clean in two...The forward part was already upending and ready to plunge beneath the waves. I could see figures...running up the sloping deck and leaping overboard...Shouts, screams and curses filled my ears as the bows dived...Beneath me I felt the after part, too, begin to tilt. I scrambled aft...when I reached the taffrail...I gazed at the water (far) below me...the huge twin propellers were still turning...and deterred me from the leap...Then with a tiny tremor...the ship began to take her dive ...My fear of being sucked under with the dying Lulworth Hill overcame my fear of the revolving propellers...I shut my eyes and over I went.

The Lulworth Hill had sunk in 90 seconds. Some time later Cooke was hauled, exhausted, on to a raft. Of the 14 who got away on two rafts, five were minors – three boys and two apprentices. All were cut and bruised, but the second engineer was badly injured. This was the beginning of a 50 day ordeal, under a tropical sun, of which only Cooke and one other man would survive.
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