Reports and Diaries: Relates to the sinking of H.M.S. Tara

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  • Reference
      GB 221 WM1275
  • Alternative Id.
      GB 221 WM/1275
  • Dates of Creation
      1915 - [c. 1945]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      8 items

Scope and Content

REPORTS AND DIARIES: Relates to the sinking of H.M.S. Tara and subsequent imprisonment of the crew in the Libyan desert.


Administrative / Biographical History

The S.S. Hibernia was put into service on the 12th January 1900 as a passenger steamer on the Irish Sea passage between Holyhead and Dublin. Following the outbreak of World War One she was commandeered by the Admiralty, refitted for patrol service, and renamed HMS Tara.

Her first year in war service was as an auxiliary patrol boat and saw her patrolling the shores of Ireland and Scotland. She was then moved on to patrol duties in the Mediterranean, patrolling the seas around the Egyptian coast.

On the 5th November 1915, with a crew of 104, HMS Tara was heading for the port of Sollum, an Egyptian port on the border of Egypt and Tripoli when was struck by a German torpedo on the starboard side. She sank in 10 minutes.

The surviving crew were landed ashore 8 miles away at Port Suliman, 20 miles west of Sullom.


Arranged chronologically / Trefnwyd yn gronolegol

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da /Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Gaynor Nice for Anglesey Archives / Archifau Ynys Môn

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