Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

Henry Cowell

Widow and daughter lived at 20 Robinson Avenue, Greenock

Launched in 1891, the Inveramsay was a 1,438 ton, three masted steel barque.  Propelled only by sail, it was 236 feet long by 36 feet wide with a draught of 23 feet. 23 crew members were consigned to national anonymity due to a dispute between the British Government’s Insurance Company and the Vessel Insurers.  The Government insisted that it was an ordinary marine loss, whereas the ship’s Insurers contested that there were no storms reported at any time across the Atlantic during the period of their sailing.  Also the ship was only 26 years old and was in a good state of maintenance.  It therefore had to be a war loss.

It was not until well after the close of WW1 that the German submarine records became open for inspection that the dispute was solved.  See The S.V. Inveramsay was sunk by German U-Boat gunfire on the 27th April 1917 from U-Boat U.62 (Captain Ernst Hashagen) in position 56.00 N – 11.30 W (about 200 miles north-west of Ireland).  A total of 23 men were lost


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