The Blue Funnel Line


Lost February 28th 1941

The Blue Funnel vessel Anchises was built at Workman, Clark and Co Ltd, Belfast in 1911. She was 10,046gt and 493 feet long. She was the third Blue Funnel vessel to carry the name.

55 57 N  13 17 W

On February 27th 1941 she was on her way home from Hong Kong to Liverpool via Cape Town and Freetown, when she was attacked by a long range German  Dornier bomber 150 miles North West of Bloody Foreland point on the north west coast of Ireland. All 134 passengers and some crew were ordered into Lifeboats. 37 crew remained on board to try and save the vessel, but she was attached again the next day and was sunk. Twelve of her remaining crew including her captain lost their life in the heavy weather which prevailed at the time.


An Account by Robert Prys Owen


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