News from 1919 about 1917 The sinking of Delphic I

Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
The Evening Post, Wellington, 2 April 1919
Retrieved from the National Library of New Zealand web site,

Mr. John Calderwood, chief engineer on the White Star steamer Cufic, which
arrived in Auckland yesterday, from St. John, is one of the survivors of the
ill-fated steamer Delphic, which was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay two
years ago (states a Press Association telegram). He related an interesting
story of the disaster. He states that on the afternoon of 16th August, 1917,
they were about 120 miles south of St. Mary, near the Bay of Biscay, and
shortly after 3 o'clock a violent explosion took place in the engine-room
and stokehold. This was the first information that a submarine was in the
vicinity. The vessel immediately filled up over the engine-room, and the
crew were obliged to take to the boats. Four men were killed in the
engine-room-the third engineer, a greaser, and two firemen. Wireless calls
for help were immediately sent out by the wireless operator on the Delphic,
and shortly afterwards a torpedo boat arrived on the scene, and immediately
fired a depth charge, but no sign of the submarine could be seen. The
Delphic continued to float until the Friday, when she turned over and sank.


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