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Ships - Belgica
Loyal Briton

Belgica a Spanish steamer, struck a sea mine and sunk on January 15, 1916, about 40 miles west of La Rochelle, France. The mine had been set by SMS SeaGull.

Belgica a Spanish steamship, was built by Richardson, Duck and Company, Stockton, England. She was launched in 1891 as the Loyal Briton. In 1900 she was sold to Cia de Navigation Internacional, Bilbao, Spain and renamed. She was a 2,068 ton ship, 282 feet in length.
Belgica translated from the Spanish is "Belgium".
Captain B. Luzarrago was in command when Belgica, sailing from Glosgow, Scotland for Bordeaux, France. The ship was in ballast.
Very little is known of this event, the newspapers reported 23 sailors survived the sinking.

Sea Mines
Ship Tonnage

, by J. S. Cowie.
THE HIDDEN MENACE, by Maurice Griffiths.

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