Vessels Lost in WW1: Rio Colorado to Romeo

This page includes basic information about the ships and how they were lost, a photo of the relevant panel(s) of the Tower Hill Memorial and information about those that lost their lives extracted from the CWGC database. In the table I have included information about those who served on the ships but who had a normal burial as this seems appropriate to me. In some cases further family information about the individuals may be available on the CWGC website [7].

Rio Colorado

Rio Colorado was a 3,565 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by W. Doxford & Sons, Ltd. for Lion Line Ltd. as Sheila. From 1915 she was owned by London-American Maritime Trading Co. Ltd and managed by Petersen & Co. Ltd. She sank on 22 March 1917 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-50 approximately 0.75 nautical miles East of the mouth of the River Tyne. She was en route from La Plata to the Tyne with a cargo of wheat.

Rio Colorado

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Ali Abdullah 22/03/1917 Fireman Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial, Mumbai
Aylasen John 22/03/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Born In Norway.
Bowie C.M. 46 22/03/1917 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Bowie, Of 46, Gleneagles Cottages, Scotstoun, Glasgow. Born At Edinburgh.
Codde Joseph 46 22/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Sophie Codde (Nee Goole), Of Rue Au Sas 33, Ghent. Born In Belgium.
Cromack Arthur Garbutt 45 22/03/1917 Master Mariner Scarborough (Manor Road) Cemetery The Oval. 9. Husband Of Florence Cromack, Of 195, Prospect Rd., Scarborough.
Jessop George 32 22/03/1917 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mrs. Jessop, Of 47, Milton St., Westoe, South Shields. Born At South Shields.
Nilsen Oaubak 27 22/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial (May Have Been Named Nielsen). Born In Denmark.
Quesada Jose 27 25/03/1917 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Francisco Gomez De Quesada (Nee Ruiz), Of Puerto De Nazarron, Murcia, Corunna, Spain. Born In Spain.
Svensson Karl Raganr 24 29/03/1917 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Maria Svensson, Of Kristianstad, Sweden. Born In Sweden.

Rio Lages

Rio Lages was a 3,591 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1900 by J. Readhead & Sons for North Moor Steamships Ltd. as Westmoor. From 1916 she was owned by Lewis Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by T. Lewis. She was sunk on 26 April 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-69 at position 51° 38' N, 12° 52' W - approximately 155 nautical miles North-West by West of Fastnet. She was en route from Cienfuegos to Queenstown with a cargo of sugar.

Rio Lages

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Driscoll John 36 26/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Michael And Ellen Driscoll; Husband Of Lizzie Driscoll (Nee Fitzgerald), Of Convent Rd., Blackrock, Co. Cork. Born At Blackrock, Co. Cork.
Goodfellow Edward James Leonard 20 26/04/1917 Sailor Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William James Edward And Mary Jane Goodfellow, Of Trefusis St., Flushing, Cornwall.
Simmonds John Sidney 26 26/04/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Simmonds And The Late Mrs. Simmonds; Husband Of Alice Emily Simmonds (Nee Bishop), Of 35, Bassett St., Barry Dock, Glam. Born At Cadoxton.

Rio Pallaresa

Rio Pallaresa was a 4,034 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1904 by W. Pickersgill & Sons for Rover Shipping Co. Ltd. as Incharran. From 1915 she was owne by Kyle Transport Co. Ltd. and managed by Alex. Bickett. She was sunk on 29 July 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-25 approximately 62 nautical miles East-North-East of Malta. She was en route from Alexandia to Hull.

Rio Pallaresa

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Brown Charlie 25 29/07/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Davies Joseph 25 29/07/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.

Rio Verde

Rio Verde was a 4,025 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1901 by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dockyard Co. Ltd. for British Maritime Trust Ltd. as Austriana. From 1915 she was owned by London-American Maritime Trading Co. Ltd., renamed Rio Verde, and managed by Petersen & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 21 February 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-100 approximately 4 nautical miles West of Crammock Head, Mull of Galloway. She was en route from Glasgow to Milford Haven with a cargo of coal.


Initially the sinking was attributed to U-86 but later evidence emerged.

Rio Verde

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Appleyard William Watson 26 21/02/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jane Appleyard (Nee Watson), Of 21, James St., Gateshead, Co. Durham, And The Late Abraham Appleyard.
Arlow W 21/02/1918 Assistant Cook Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard
Brown Charlie 25 21/02/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Warri, West Africa.
Buchanan J.T. 21/02/1918 Second Mate Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard 144
Bull John 29 21/02/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Calabar.
Coker John 24 21/02/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Mendi.
Cole John 22 21/02/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born In Sierra Leone.
Davison George Robertson 39 21/02/1918 First Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Born At South Shields.
Estill W.H. 21/02/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial
MacDonald John 20 21/02/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Donald And Jessie MacDonald, Of Belspardon, Gollanfield, Inverness.
Martyn Francis Joseph Leslie 24 21/02/1918 First Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Francis Edward And Lydia Martyn, Of 4, Upfold St., Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Born In Australia.
McClure Thomas 31 21/02/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ellen And The Late James McClure; Husband Of Mary Bridget McClure (Nee White), Of 35, Hyndland St., Patrick, Glasgow. Born At Crosshaven, Co. Cork.
McInnes Donald 32 21/02/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Jessie McInnes, Of Borrcraig, Dunvegan, Skye, Inverness, And The Late Neil McInnes.
Mukro John 26 21/02/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Born At Warri, West Africa.
Richardson W 21/02/1918 Third Engineer Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard 145
Russell Alexander 36 21/02/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Russell, Of Highpark , Nelson St., Dunoon, Argyllshire, And The Late Mary Russell. Born At Glasgow.
Wallace G 21/02/1918 Donkeyman Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard 148

River Forth

River Forth was a 4,413 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1907 by R. Stephenson & Co. Ltd. for SS River Forth Co. Ltd. From 1915 she was owned by and managed London-American Maritime Trading Co. Ltd. and managed by Petersen & Co. Ltd. She was sunk on 3 March 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-35 at position 34° 54' N, 15° 00' E - approximately 60 nautical miles South by East of Malta. She was en route from Barry to Alexandria with coal and a general cargo.

River Forth

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Boreham Joseph Freeman 41 03/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of John Freeman Boreham And Elizabeth Boreham; Husband Of Annie Boreham, Of Bakehouse Yard, Haggersgate, Whitby. Born At Whitby.
Creighton A 26 03/03/1917 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Born At Mayo.

Roanoke

Roanoke was built as a 3,705 GRT steam cargo ship and completed in 1907 by Furness Withy & Co. for Chesapeake & Ohio Steamship Co. Ltd. She was rebuilt to 3,755 GRT and from 1914 was owned by Furness Withy & Co. She was damaged on 11 February 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-29 approximately 3.5 nautical miles South-East of Aberdeen but she was towed to safety and repaired. One seaman was killed in this attack. She was attacked again and sunk on 12 August 1917 whilst 100 nautical miles West-North-West of the Butt of Lewis. There were no fatalities from the second attack.

Roanoke

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
McMillan Daniel 52 11/02/1917 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Hugh And Agnes McMillan; Husband Of Euphemia McMillan (Nee Ewan), Of 45, Cotton Rd., Dundee. Born At Edinburgh.

Robert Eggleton

Robert Eggleton was a 2,308 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1890 by Short Bros. for James Westoll. She was sunk on 28 Decamber 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-91 approximately 10 nautical miles South-West of Bardsey Island, St. George's Channel. She was en route from Glasgow to Livorno with a cargo of coal.

Robert Eggleton

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Soudyn J 39 28/12/1917 Chief Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Rotterdam.

Rochester City

Rochester City was a 1,239 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd for Rochester City Steamship Co. Ltd. and managed by W. A. Watson. She sank on 2 May 1916 after striking a mine laid by German submarine UC-10 at position 52° 10' N, o1° 47' E - approximately 3 nautical miles off Southwold. She was en route from Sunderland and Seaham to Rochester with a cargo of coal.

Rochester City

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Kelly Joseph 28 02/05/1916 Fireman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of James And Mary Ann Kelly; Husband Of Isabella Kelly (Nee Robson), Of 9, Fenwick Row, Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham. Born At Seaham.

Roma

It has been difficult to confirm the details of Roma but I believe she was a 46 GRT sailing ketch (fishing vessel) completed in 1906 in Brixham for Samuel G. Grews. It seems that, whatever happened to her, the entire crew were lost.

There were no survivors

Roma

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
George James 14/04/1915 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial
George William Ernest 14/04/1915 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Meadows Richard Charles 14/04/1915 Fourth Hand Tower Hill Memorial
Parker Alfred Robert 14/04/1915 Second Hand Tower Hill Memorial

Romeo

Romeo was a 1,855 GRT steam passenger/cargo ship completed in 1881 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. for Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd. She was sunk on 3 March 1918 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-102 at position 54° 22' N, 04° 52' W - approximately 10.9 nautical miles North-West of Peel. She was en route from Scapa Flow to Liverpool in ballast. The vessel was sailing with all lights shielded but revealed herself when the submarine showed a green and red light on her bow. Within minutes she had been torpedoed on the port side between the stoke hold and the engine room leading to a very large explosion that broke the ship in two. She sunk within two minutes leaving no opportunity to launch the boats.

Romeo Romeo

Casualties

Surname Forename Age Honours/
Awards
D.O.D Rank Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Additional Information
Allen Joseph 52 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Catherine Allen; Husband Of Mary Allen (Nee Worfield), Of 72, Leyden St., Off Commercial Rd., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Anderson Herbert 21 03/03/1918 Assistant Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Robert Turner Anderson, Of Ethelreda Mission House, Trippett St., Hull, And The Late Martha Anderson.
Bargewell George 48 03/03/1918 Ship's Steward Tower Hill Memorial Husband of Mary L. Bargewell, of 61, Station Rd., Keyham Barton, Devonport. Mr. Bargewell was a member of the Royal Navy and is also commemorated on panel 28 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Birkinshaw Ronald 03/03/1918 Signalman Tower Hill Memorial Mr. Birkinshaw was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and is also commemorated on panel 31 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Blair George 36 03/03/1918 Third Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Agnes Blair And The Late Robert Blair; Husband Of Elsie Blair (Nee Fisher), Of 16, Blenheim St., Hull. Born At St. Andrews.
Carney Arthur 29 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Hannah Carney And The Late William Carney; Husband Of Catherine Carney (Nee Crowley), Of 7, Blackstone St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Carr John 40 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Mary Carr And The Late Edward Carr; Husband Of Cecilia Carr (Formerly Mcneil, Nee Power), Of 20A, Mount Vernon St., Liverpool. Born At Cavan.
Crowther Charles 21 03/03/1918 Assistant Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Charles James Crowther, Of 12 Back, Leathley Square, Leeds, And The Late Emily Crowther (Nee Robinson).
Deadman Robert Methven 17 03/03/1918 Wireless Operator Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ernest Bezant Deadman And Helen Deadman, Of 28, Manchester Rd., Reading, Berks.
Fromm Theodore Howard 33 03/03/1918 Ship s Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Leopold Fromm, Of 112, Palace Gates Rd., Alexandra Park, London, And The Late Florence Fromm (Nee Dell). Born At Norwood, London.
Gustafson Hugo 42 03/03/1918 Carpenter Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Margrethe Gustafson (Nee Romfog), Of 63, Venue St., Bromley Rd., Bow, London. Born In Sweden.
Harvey Joseph 24 03/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William Joseph And Elizabeth Harvey; Husband Of Alice Harvey (Nee Tyrrell), Of 4, Cubbin St., Stanley Rd., Liverpool. Born At Birkenhead.
Helm Richard James 19 03/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Richard And Martha Jane Helm, Of 34, Cowper St., Bootle, Lancs. Born At Seaforth.
Hines Thomas 36 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Alexander And Sara Ann Hines; Husband Of Julia Hines (Nee Kearney), Of 370, Great Howard St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Kearney James 19 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Ann Carney, Of 9, Newport Place, Liverpool, And The Late William Carney.
Lee Martin 35 03/03/1918 Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John Lee; Husband Of Harriet Lee (Nee Collard), Of 72, Hayles St., Southwark, London. Born In Nova Scotia.
Linacre John Edward 43 03/03/1918 Boatswain Tower Hill Memorial Born At Great Yarmouth.
Longley John Blyth 60 03/03/1918 Second Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Thomas Blyth Longley And Isabella Longley; Husband Of Mary Ann Longley (Nee Waterhouse), Of 9, Renoldson St., Newland, Hull. Born At Hull.
McLoughlin David 30 03/03/1918 Donkeyman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of David Henry And Annie McLoughlin; Husband Of Alieen McLoughlin (Nee McCormick), Of 94, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Middleton John William 20 03/03/1918 Mess Room Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Hannah Mary Middleton, Of 25, Normabell St., Holderness Rd., Hull. Born At Hull.
Molloy Patrick 30 03/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Charlotte Molloy (Nee Davis), Of 143, Leyden St., Kirkdale, Liverpool. Born In Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
Neale James 48 03/03/1918 Master Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late George And Mary Neale; Husband Of Selina Neale, Of Ingleton, Harland Way, Cottingham, Yorks.
Nugent Jas. Alfred 43 03/03/1918 Chief Engineer Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Maria Ellen Nugent, Of 113, Engelheart Rd., Catford, London. Born In London.
O'Brien Andrew 30 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Patrick And Ellen O'Brien; Husband Of Anastasia O'Brien (Nee Daly), Of 92, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
O'Gorman Thomas Christopher 22 03/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Thomas And Rose Mary O'Gorman (Nee Kearney), Of 19, O Connell St., Waterford. Born At Waterford.
Parry John 30 03/03/1918 Fireman and Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Mary Parry; Husband Of Mary Parry (Nee Hassey), Of 94, Boundary St., Liverpool. Born At Liverpool.
Pitts Albert 43 03/03/1918 Chief Officer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Ann Pitts; Husband Of Rose Pitts (Nee Wilson), Of 195, The Boulevard, Hull. Born At Hull.
White William 37 03/03/1918 Able Seaman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late John And Sarah White; Husband Of Ellen White (Nee Brennan), Of 291, Burlington St., Scotland Rd., Liverpool. Born At Warren Point.
Williams Bertram Percy 32 03/03/1918 Steward Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Louisa Williams, And The Late Frederick Joseph Williams; Husband Of Hannah Williams (Nee Curtis), Of 63, Westminster Avenue, Hull. Born At Southampton.


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