POSITION...53 05 642N 001 21 550E
BUILT.. BUILT AS THE WHINHILL BY HALL RUSSELL & CO LTD, ABERDEEN.
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.