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Mary
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Can anyone give me information on the ss kilkerran which was built in Scotstoun, yard No 302 by Charles Connell & Company?

It was launched on Tuesday 23rd January 1906 as a General Cargo Ship.
In 1916 sold to Furness Withy & co. Ltd. Liverpool.
In 1916 sold to the Bay Steamship Co. Ltd. London and renamed BAYKERRAN

19/01/1918 sailed from New York for St. Nazaire with a cargo of 5652 tons of grain and a crew of 41.

23/01/1918 reported her disabled in position 41 14n, 54 10w but not since heard of.

03/04/1918 posted missing at Lloyd's.

I would like to hear from anyone who can tell me more about this ship.
Alastair McLean
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I am responding to your query about the ss Kilkerran. My grandfather Mathew Brown Reid was the captain of the ship which was bound from New York to France with a cargo of grain.  Because of a delay in finishing loading the regular convoy of ships heading across the Atlantic had left 2 days before and rather that sit in port until the next convoy was leaving he decided to sail independently. It is thought that the ship foundered because of cargo shifting in the heavy seas and with no other ships in the area help was not available. While my grandmother always maintained that the loss was due to enemy action no u-boat ever claimed to have hit the ship and my feeling is that bad weather is the more likely cause of the loss
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