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
Stockforce was a Q Ship also known as a Decoy Vessel.
They were heavily armed Merchant Ships where all the
guns were concealed until they had the chance to open
fire on the submarines attacking them. Often the German
submarines would surface to sink the ships with their
deck gun in order to save their torpedo's. At this point
it made the submarines an ideal target for the Q Ships.
HMS Stockforce was one of the Q Ship's successes as it
sank the submarine UB98 on 30/7/1918. She had been
torpedo's in the action and
subsequently sank. The Q Ships often carried a
cargo of wood which also made them difficult to
sink often forcing the U-Boats to surface to finish them
HMS Stockforce was built in 1917 by the Dundee
Shipbuilding Company and was owned by the British
Admiralty. She had a gross Tonnage of 732 and was 62m
long, 10m wide. Her armaments were 2 x 4 inch guns
For his part in the action her
Captain, Harold Auten was awarded the 'Victoria Cross'
which is the most prestigious award for gallantry in the
face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and
Commonwealth forces. He subsequently wrote a book on Q
Ships in 1919 called 'Q-Ship Adventures.
The latest assumed position of the wreck is 50:08.98
003:59.94 some 7 miles south west of Bolt Tail in
62m of water. Until recently the exact position of the
wreck has not been known.
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