Aparima – 41m
Time - 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Seabed depth 42m
Top of wreck – 34m
Sunk – 1917
“SS Aparima was a defensively armed British Merchant Ship of 131.22×16.55×8.69m; 5.704grt; Built 1902 by W. Denny & Bros, Dumbarton; 6 cylinder triple expansion engine; 389hp; Armament: 1×4.7 in. QF stern mounted; Owned by Doorley. Torpedoed by the German submarine UB-40 while en voyage from London to Barry. The explosion took place at 00.50 a.m. without warning, the vessel sinking in five minutes, giving the crew no time to launch the boats.
A total of 26 European and 30 native crew members were lost, the one passenger, who survived, being a pilot. Twenty-six crew were picked up by the norwegian Selun SS and landed at St. Helen’s, sixteen were picked up by a patrol vessel, the rest landing at Saint Alban’s Head, presumably in a boat.”
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