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Re: HMHS Anglia. Mined off Folkestone 17 November 1915
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 23:22:18 »
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HMHS Anglia. Mined off Folkestone 17 November 1915
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2015, 22:46:47 »
The Anglia was built by Wm. Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, for the London and North Western Railway Company, and launched on the 20 December, 1899.
The ship had a length of 329ft, a weight of 1,862 tons and a top speed of twenty-one knots.
From 1900 she sailed on the Holyhead to Dublin route.

The Anglia was drafted as an auxiliary hospital ship and after a refit in May 1915, entered service as HMHS Anglia. As a hospital ship she was painted white overall, with a green horizontal band around her hull broken at three places each side by a red cross.  She retained her skipper Lionel Manning and most of her merchant crew.

On the 6 November, 1915, a German mine-laying U-boat, UC-5, crept through the Dover Straits to sow four mines in the vicinity of No. 8 buoy.

Since entering service as a hospital ship, the Anglia had made the two-hour journey across the Dover Straits once or twice each day. On the 17 November 1915 she left Boulogne for Dover with 386 patients on board.
At 12.34pm the Anglia struck one of the mines laid by UC-5, about one mile east of the Folkestone Gate. Holed on the port side close to the bridge, she began to list to port and sink by the bows. Due to the desperate situation on the bridge, the engines remained running. With one propeller out of the water the Anglia began turning in a circle.
On board frantic efforts were made to get the patients up on deck. Those patients able to do so made their own way while the staff of the Royal Army Medical Corps and Queen Alexanders Imperial Nursing Service struggled to help those unable to help themselves. Due to the angle of the ship the crew were only able to launch one lifeboat.
The collier Lusitania, on turning to help, ran into a second mine and sank within twenty minutes.
HMS Ure, commanded by Lieut Commander H. P. Box, ran repeatedly alongside the sinking Anglia, allowing many men to jump or be hoisted on board. Other ships coming to the rescue were HMS Hazard, HM Torpedo Boat No.4, War Department vessel Langton and the SS Channel Queen.
At 1.10pm the Anglia sank, settling onto the sea bed with just the tops of her masts visible.

Of the crew of the Anglia, 25 died. Twenty five medical staff had been on board, including three female nurses. Of these 9 (10? numbers vary) RAMC staff and one nurse were lost. Of the 386 (385?) injured officers and men on board 4 (5?) officers and 128 men were lost.

HMHS Anglia was the first hospital ship to be sunk during the First World War.

Links for more information.

The Sinking of the Hospital Ship Anglia 1915.
An account of the sinking with photos.
An account by one of the nurses on board.
List of ships crew lost, an account of the sinking plus other details.

Centenary wreath taken to wreck site.


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