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GREENLAND

Site Details

© Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 274836

Map Reference SM98NW

Grid Reference SM9227685766

Unitary (Local) Authority Maritime

Old County Maritime

Community Maritime

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Modern

Site Description Archaeological remains associated with the loss of this vessel are not confirmed as present at this location, but may be in the vicinity.

Event and Historical Information:
The GREENLAND was a steel-hulled steamship built by Barclay, Curle and Co Ltd, Glasgow, in 1908. Technical and configuration specifications are given as 1753gt, 866nt; 260ft length x 36ft breadth x 14ft 7in depth; 1 deck, 4 bulkhead, boat deck 73ft, forecastle 33ft; screw propulsion powered by twin steam boiler linked to a triple expansion engine producing 246hp. At time of loss, the vessel was owned by Liverpool & Hamburg S.S Co Ltd (D Currie & Co, 3 and 4 Fenchurch Street) and was registered at Liverpool. The ship was on passage from Fleetwood to Cherbourg under the command of master A Vincent on 14 February 1917, when it was captured by German submarine UC-65. The crew were forced to abandon ship after which the GREENLAND was sunk by explosive charges 22 miles southwest of Bardsey Island. Four days earlier the GREENLAND had rescued the crew of the steamship SELLAGH (see NPRN 240715) which had been captured and sunk by a German submarine on 10 February 1917. A report in the Manchester Evening News, Friday 16 February 1917, notes that the crew had landed safely the day before.

Sources include:
Gater, D, 1992, Historic Shipwrecks of Wales, pg130
HMSO, 1988, British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-18 and 1939-45, pg33
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Manchester Evening News,16 February 1917, pg3 (British Newspapers Online, https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000272/19170216/035/0003)
Mercantile Navy List, 1910, page 213
Mercantile Navy List, 1915, page 244

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, June 2019.