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H.M.M.L. No. 247, Royal Navy

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H.M.M.L. No. 247, Royal Navy, sank in rough weather on 29th September 1918, somewhere off the south-west coast of England, possibly as a result of hitting the rocks. Holmfirth seaman Robert Lockwood was drowned, his body was not recovered.

I am assuming H.M.M.L. is His Majesty’s Motor Launch, it would seem that all the crew drowned with the exception of one officer. The launch was attached to a Naval Base somewhere, presumably on the same coast.

I would appreciate any further information on this.

Thanks,

Tony.

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Tony,

ML.247, 29 September 1918 in Atlantic off SW England - one of four ML’s which entered St Ives Bay for shelter during strong southerly gale, wind veered and "increased to hurricane force", threatening to blow them ashore. Two boats started engines and worked into deeper water, the local lifeboat went to the aid of the other two, one of which then managed to get started and entered St Ives Harbour, the other developed engine trouble one mile off Clodgy Point and drifted towards the rocks. By the time the lifeboat had been relaunched and reached ML.247, she had struck the rocks and blown up on Oar Rock, west of Clodgy Point, St. Ives (WI - in 50.13.10N, 05.29.42W); all but one crew lost in the explosion or probably drowned, one man washed ashore and saved by people on the beach. A further two hour search only revealed wreckage.

ML.51-550 series, ordered 8 June 1915 in USA through Canadian Vickers, built Elco, Bayonne, New Jersey, last delivered 3 November 1916, 37t/46grt (H - 37grt), 86ft, petrol engined, 19kts, initially 1-13pdr, replaced with 1-3pdr plus depth charges, 8 crew, commissioned; 40 from ML.114-548 series transferred to French Navy leaving 460 to RN, 20 lost plus 7 after Armistice:

Regards Charles

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Thank you very much indeed, I had hardy anything on this man a few minutes ago, but it is starting looking quite respectable now.

Tony.

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Hello

Here is the list for ML 247.

BELL JACK CHIEF MOTOR MECH, RNVR M B 773 M.L 247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

WANE JAMES MOTOR MECH, RNVR M B 2384 M.L 247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

WROE FRANK H. DECK HAND, RNR D A 13466 M.L 247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

ALLFREE GEOFFREY S. LT, RNVR M.L.247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

CAMPBELL STEWART P.F. DECK HAND, RNR D A 13323 M.L.247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

GALLOWAY GEORGE A. DECK HAND, RNR D A 14021 M.L.247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

LOCKWOOD ROBERT O.D. J 87974 (Dev) M.L.247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

ROBBINS THOMAS DECK HAND, RNR S D 2154 M.L.247 29/09/18 SHIP LOSS

All best

don

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Surname CAMPBELL

Firstname Stuart Falls

Service Number 13323 D.A

Date Death 29/09/1918

Decoration

Place of birth

Other

SNWM roll THE ROYAL NAVY

Rank Deck Hand

Theatre of death R.N.R. H.M. "M.L.247".

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Surname ROBBINS

Firstname Thomas

Service Number 2154 S.D.

Date Death 29/09/1918

Decoration

Place of birth

Other

SNWM roll THE ROYAL NAVY

Rank Deck Hand

Theatre of death R.N.R. H.M. M.L.247.

Aye

Malcolm

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This was received today:

"Hello.

was my grandfather who was the sole survivor of hm ml 247 his name was

Patrick Young.

thank you

peter scotti"

TR

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