DUNCARRON

POSITION...53 05 642N  001 21 550E

Depth 24mtrs

BUILT.. BUILT AS THE WHINHILL BY HALL RUSSELL & CO LTD, ABERDEEN.

FLAG ...BRITISH

DIMENSIONS.. LENGTH 50.6mtrs / BEAM..7.6mtrs / DRAUGHT 3mtrs

TONNAGE.. 478 GROSS

CARGO.. 520 TONS OF CEMENT

PROPULSION.. TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE 81HP / ONE BOILER/ ONE SHAFT

OWNER AT TIME OF LOSS.. DUNCARRON STEAMSHIP COMPANY

LOSS DATE.. 8th SEPTEMBER 1941

CAUSE OF LOSS.. ON PASSAGE FROM LONDON TO LOSSIEMOUTH/ ATTACKED BY GERMAN E BOATS

CASUALTIES... X3 DEMS GUNNERS AND SIX CREW MEMBERS

 

DEFINITION OF DEMS

DEFENSIVELY EQUIPPED MERCHANT SHIP

DEMS was a admiralty trade division program established in June 1939. This was set up in order to arm British merchant ships with adequate defence against enemy attack. The acronym DEMS was used to describe the ships carrying the guns, the guns aboard the ships and the military personnel manning the guns.

 

 

At the time of the Duncarrons sinking her mast showed above the water. Due to her being seen as a hazzard to shipping she was dispersed in the 1940,s. A Survey of the site by HMS Sharpshooter in 1949 showed the Duncarron, with the use of a wire sweep to be clear to a depth of 49ft (14.8mtrs) in a general depth of 75ft (22.7mtrs).

 

THE DUNCARRON TODAY

Today the Duncarron stands little more than a few metres clear of the seabed, for the most part she is a scattering of broken plates and ribs.

 

Paul Hennessey

 

 

 

 

 

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