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
photo above shows the S.S.Jebba in here final resting
place where local boats standing by to assist. The Jebba
was a British Ocean Liner built by Sir Raylton Dixon &
Co. of Middlesbrough in 1896. She was a steel ship of
3813 tons with a length of 107m and beem of 14m and had
one three cylinder triple expansion engine (Richardson T
& Sons) for propulsion giving it a speed of 12 knots.
Her owners from 1898 to her time of loss were Elder
Dempster Lines Ltd of the Aftrica Steamship Co.
The original owners, Cie Belge Maritime Du Congo
named her SS Albertville but parted with her in
1898 and was re-named S.S.Jebba by the new owners.
In thick fog ,in the early hours of March 18, 1907, she
ran aground near Bolt Tail ,almost on top of the wreck
of the 'Ramalies' She was carrying ivory, rubber,
palm oil, pineapples, bananas and the mail from Nigeria
and the Gold Coast. At the time there were 76 crew and
79 passengers on board and her distress rockets were
soon seen on land and the lifeboat was soon on the
scene. The lifeboat was not made use off as all the crew
and passengers were safely brought ashore using a bosuns
chair. The two fishermen, Isaac Jarvis and John Argeat,
who had organised the rescue were both awarded the
Albert Medal for their bravery. After the storm had
settled all the cargo was recovered and although some
salvage of the hull was done she gradually broke up and
it is now difficult to distinguish her from the rocks
The Jebba today lies at 50 14 094 ; 03 51 701
exactly in the same position she was wrecked in 1907.
The depths in the area are 5-10m and although most of
the brass has been salvaged there are plenty of pieces
welded to the rocks and if you are lucky you may come
across one of those ivory tusks from the cargo. The
boilers stand nearly 2m high yet are often not
recognised as they look so much like a rock.
The following photos show how, what's left of the wreck,
are buried in the sand or the rocks (Images Sue
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