HMS Stephen Furness

December 1917

“Armed boarding steamer ROYAL SCOT”
© IWM (SP 1082)

On December 13, 1917, the HMS Stephen Furness, an armed boarding steamer, is torpedoed by the German submarine UB-64 off the western coast of the Isle of Man, sinking before lifeboats can be lowered. The loss of one hundred lives includes five Canadians from the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve. Lost at sea, they are commemorated on the Halifax Memorial. Their names were:

Able Seaman Albert Edward Wigmore
Able Seaman William Franklyn Romans
Able Seaman Harold Bennett Lawes
Able Seaman Robert Donald Watt
Able Seaman Henry Leo Meehan

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