Earl of Forfar (Ship)

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S.S. Earl of Forfar   

Earl of Forfar was a 4,453 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1910 by Russell & Co. for Earl of Forfar Steamship Co. Ltd.

She was extensively damaged by a major explosion that occurred at Archangel on 8 November 1916. The facts about this are sparse but it appears that there were actually two explosions. The first was aboard Dreisen which was packed with explosives. The second about 45 minutes later was in explosives/ammunition on the quayside which it is believed was ignited as a result of the earlier explosion. The second explosion did for Earl of Forfar.

She was later salvaged and seized by the Russians.

The London Gazette 7 September, 1917

The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Decoration of the Albert Medal upon Mr. James Campbell Hurry, master of the steamship Earl of Forfar, of Glasgow.

The following is an account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred: —

On the 8th November, 1916, while the steamship Earl of Forfar, of Glasgow, was lying at Archangel, a fire broke out on a Russian steamship and spread to the Earl of Forfar, which was lying immediately ahead, Captain Hurry, who was on shore, attempted to return to his vessel, but he was unable to do so. He proceeded, however, to render assistance to other vessels which were in danger of being burnt.

While doing so, he heard voices coming from his own ship, which was burning and exploding furiously. Calling for volunteers, he led them on board his steamer, and seven injured men were rescued, some of whom he personally carried to a tug.

While thus engaged considerable risk was incurred by Captain Hurry, who had to lift several live shells from the deck of the vessel in order to get at the wounded.

Within ten minutes of the last man being rescued the deck blew up.

A number of RN and RNR officers and sailors also received the Albert Medal on this occassion.

Note:
1. The Earl of Forfar was a Douglas, hence this entry


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