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Ships - Dromonby
No. 526

Dromonby, a British collier, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull just before noon on January 13, 1916, 220 miles west from Lisbon, Portugal.

Dromonby was a British collier owned and built by Robert Ropner and Son at Stockton-on-Tees, England. Launched in 1900, she was a 3,627 ton ship, 330 feet in length. She was also known as "No. 526". Decking at her stern was strengthened for the addition of a naval cannon, which was never mounted.
Dromonby was last of the three Ropner and Son owned steamships lost to German surface raiders. Willerby was captured and sunk by Prinz Eitel Friedrich on February 20, 1915. Coleby was captured and sunk by Kronprinz Wilhelm on March 27, 1915.
Captain John Brackett was in command with a crew of 24 when on January 9 Dromonby sailed from Cardiff, Wales. She carried a cargo of 5,000 tons of Welsh steamcoal bound for the British coaling station at St. Vincent in the Cape Verde Islands. She was in the service of the Royal British Navy hauling coal for the naval squadron stationed in the South Atlantic.
The captain and crew arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia on February 1, 1916 aboard the English liner Appam. They sailed from Norfolk on the Old Dominion steamer Jefferson, arriving in New York on the 4th. And departed on the White Star liner Baltic for Liverpool, England on February 10.

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THE MERCHANT SEAMEN IN WAR, by Leslie Cope Cornford.
HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR, Seaborne Operations, by C. Ernest Fayle.
OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR, The Merchant Navy, by Archibald Hurd.

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