SS Newholm SS Ambassador SS
Mendi SS Skaala Privateer Dragon 1757 S.S.Percier MV Napoli
MV Lucy HMT Caroline German Submarine U-260 SS Basil Glenart
Castle SMS Margraf
The Percier was a
who’s original name was “War Buffalo” launched in
Newcastle in 1918. She was part of a convoy, BTC 65,
when she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB 1017
commanded by Werner Riecken and his crew of 34. The
Mathieu, First Officer Lardinoy and Commodore Wood
expecting a second torpedo. Also onboard were many crew
who had survived the sinking of the Leopoldville, which,
torpedoed, sank off Cherbourg on Christmas night, 1944.
She had a cargo of boxes of powdered
egg, tins of baby food, meat and woollen blankets.
Fourty four of her crew were saved out of the Persier’s
complement of 63. Some of the lifeboats had broken away
and some were shattered by the turning propeller. Once
abandoned she drifted into the night, stern high, bow
down and was last seen seven miles north of the
The Persier today is right off the
mouth of the Erme with her bows to the south-west. Her
bow is her highest point about 10m above the seabed at
28m. She is over on her port side and very broken
amidships, where she is lying over rock outcrops. Her
centre has collapsed inwards. The three boilers are
clear to see. Nearby is an 8ft anchor. Her propeller,
three guns and the bell have all been salvaged. She is
owned by Plymouth Sound BSAC.
Photos Steve Clarkson
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