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Every single wreck that is being investigated by the Forgotten Wrecks project has its own story to tell. Some are tales of tragedy, others of survival. Some even contain instances of chivalry or a spark of humour. 

These case studies have been put together by staff and volunteers on the project and will be added to as wrecks are researched in more detail. 

Sites and Vessels A - G
Airship SSZ15 Lost off Devon with a crew of 3 in April 1918. Also available as an audio article.
HMT Albion II A minesweeper that fell victim to the very thing they were trying to clear.
SS Algerian Struck a mine off the Needles and sank off Gurnard whilst being towed back through the Solent. Also available as an audio article.
HMHS Anglia The first Hospital Ship casualty of the First World War.
HMHS Asturias A hospital ship beached off Devon in 1917.
SS Aracataca A cross-Atlantic cargo vessel which escaped enemy attack only to sink in a collision. 
HMT Arfon Mined off Dorset in 1917 with the loss of 10 crew. 
SS Ballarat Loaded with Australian troops, the sinking of this liner on the newly constituted Anzac Day was especially poignant. Also available as an audio article.
Airship C8 An airship lost in the English Channel.
SS Coonagh A cargo ship sunk by a torpedo with the loss of all hands.
SS Donegal An ambulance transport ship torpedoed by a German submarine.
Dover Straits - misfortune or misjudgement? The loss of SS Eidsiva, SS Toward, HMY Aries, HMT Othello II on 31st October 1915.
SS Eleanor Targeted by a U-boat, this merchant ship sank with the loss of all but one officer.
SS Empress Queen Troop transport ship which ran aground and was eventually abandoned. Also available as an audio article.
SS Empress of Midland A cargo ship sunk by a mine in 1916. 
Formidable A battleship serving with the 5th Battle Squadron, torpedoed by U-24 on New Year's Day 1915 with very high loss of life. Also available as an audio article.
Galway Castle South African mail steamer torpedoed resulting in heavy loss of life among the women, children and invalided South African troops on board. Also available as an audio article.
Glatton A victim of ammunition failure and U-boat attack before it was finally sunk as it became a danger to other ships. Also available as an audio article.
Sites and Vessels H - P
Hallsands A village lost to the sea.
Hazard Dryad class torpedo gunboat sank in 1918 following a collision in dense fog. Also available as an audio article.
Housatonic An American ocean liner sunk by U-boat attack.
USS Jacob Jones A US destroyer with a tragic ending.
HMD John Mitchell A fishing trawler, hired by the admiralty for minesweeping duties, lost through collision in November 1917, all hands saved. Also available as an audio article.
HMHS Llandovery Castle The sinking of a hospital ship, as told by its Second Officer.
HMHS Lanfranc A hospital ship returning British wounded torpedoed in the Channel. Also available as an audio article.
SS Londonier A Belgian ship, chartered by the French, torpedoed south of the Isle of Wight by UC-71 in March 1918 with the loss of 12 lives. 
RMS Lusitania The sinking that is often credited with bringing the United States into the war.
SS Mechanician Torpedoed twice, coming to rest on shingle bank, IOW where it split in two.
Netley Pier Built to serve an Empire, where First World War soldiers convalesced. Also available as an audio article.
Oriole and Falaba Two ships caught up in the opening salvos of German unrestricted submarine warfare.
Pendennis U-boats A collection of U-boats wrecked after the war.
Sites and Vessels Q - Z 
Sibiria Foundered on the Goodwin Sands during a storm. 
Steam Pinnace 704 Visible in Forton Lake, Gosport.
South Western Torpedoed south of the Isle of Wight by UB-59 in March 1918. Only six survivors from the crew and passengers. Also available as an audio article.
Thisbe Surprised by a U-boat in broad daylight, this vessel’s loss was especially tragic. Also available as an audio article.
Tycho and Porthkerry Two ships sunk by the same U-boat as the crew of one rescued survivors from the other. Also available as an audio article.
U-103 In May 1918, the hunter became the hunted when Kapitänleutnant Claus Rücker of U-103 prepared to attack the ocean liner SS Olympic. Also available as an audio article.
UB-81 A combination of tragic events resulted in the loss of the brand new coastal U-boat SM UB-81 and 29 of its crew in December 1917. 
V44 & V82 Two German destroyers in Portsmouth Harbour. 
Val Salice Foundered on the Goodwin Sands during a storm. 
War Knight A catalogue of war-related misfortune resulted in the loss of this ship and nearly all of her crew as the ship caught fire following a collision in March 1918.
Other Articles
Captain Fryatt The controversial murder of Captain Fryatt by the Germans.
General Steam Navigation Company and the Manual of the Laws of Naval War The vital war service of the 'Navvies'.
War Graves of the Sea: protecting shipwrecks of the First World War Explore the laws keeping wrecks protected, and what constitutes a war grave. 
Ports in WW1 How ports supplied the fronts.
Motor Launches The origins, construction, and stories of these high-speed craft.
Silver War Badges The stories behind the awarding of Silver War Badges to seamen of the Mercantile Marine.
Horses The contributions and sacrifices of horses during the First World War, and the maritime transport that got them to the fighting fronts.

 

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