Diary of the War No.5 One hundred years ago this week three German warships loomed out of the North Sea in the early morning of 16 December 1914, and commenced shelling Scarborough, Whitby, and Hartlepool. Whitby Abbey was struck by the light cruiser Kolberg, causing considerable damage, and Scarborough Castle by the battle cruisers Derfflinger and Von der … Continue reading No.71: Remember Scarborough!
Diary of the War: chronicling losses at sea off the English coast, 1914-18 Introduction: To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Wreck of the Week has devoted one post a month to a wreck event from 100 years previously, to illustrate the impact of the war at sea from 1914 to 1918. This project has … Continue reading Diary of the First World War
Ville d’Oran Today we unpack the tale of the steamer Ville d’Oran which foundered 4 miles ESE of Scarborough on 4 or 5 September 1916 (1) while bound from North Shields for Dunkirk with coal. As was usual in this colonial era, the nationality by which she was recorded at the time was not the … Continue reading Diary of the War: September 1916