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Loss of the Charioteer

100 years ago on the 17th of January 1912 the Tugboat 'Charioteer' owned by Samuel George Morgan left Swansea Harbour to dock the Cunard vessel ss 'Veria'. There was a thick fog and somewhere off the Gower coast  she was struck by the ss 'Veria'. The Veria searched the area but no trace of the tug or her crew of five could be found.

The Board of Trade enquiry gave her position as off the Hellwick Lightship

Lost were :-

Fred Evans of Orchard Street  Master,  R Pritchard of Odo Street Hafod Mate, Tom Gow of Bond Street Engineer, R Williams of Evans Street Fireman and W Griffiths of Rodney Street Deckhand

She was launched on the 09/07/1910, Built by Hepple & Co Ltd, South Shields. Reg' No 128916

ss Veria

Built 1889 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd  for Cunard Steam Ship Company Liverpool GRT 3,229 Tons

Captured and sunk 7th of December 1915 24 miles NW x W off Alexandria by U Boat U 39
Commanded by Walter Forstmann

There were no casualties


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