Perseus & Worcestershire - Sri Lanka - Archive Pictures needed

20th February 2012, 03:38
A few of us recently dived 2 wrecks that we feel may be the wrecks of the British armed merchantmen Perseus and Worcestershire that were lost in 1917. Both sank after hitting sea mines laid by the German vessel Wolf during WWI off Colombo, Sri Lanka. The two wrecks are at depths of 40m and 57m. We are trying to find more information about the ships, especially images in order to do a positive identification.

The large ship at 40M has a huge wheel on the stern area of the deck. This is very unusual and we suspect this was a rotating gun mount (maybe not?). We just have one archive picture of the sister ship of Perseus and its very difficult to determine pictures.

We will also measure the beam as we know the size to be 52feet from archives.

Any help in the form of pictures/information is very much appreciated!


20th February 2012, 10:48
Welcome to Ships Nostalgia Dharshana.

Two pictures of Perseus sister ships here -
Click on thumbnail picture then click on image that appears.


n. liddell (sparks)
20th February 2012, 14:53
Have a look at pics of both vessels - hope they are yhe ones you are looking for

Hugh Ferguson
20th February 2012, 17:20
Perseus: Built by Workman Clark, Belfast, 1908, 6728g. 443 ft. length.
Feb.21st.1917 Sunk by a mine, laid by Raider,WOLF, off Colombo

21st February 2012, 16:02
Hello, do you have any pictures of the part of the wreck you are talking about?
Ps i will be on the hermes in may and some of the other batti wrecks


22nd February 2012, 12:22
pictures can be found in
Select Region "Colombo" on left nav bar
Click on ships
- Taprobane North Wreck - suspected to be Perseus (expect more pictures soon)
- B2633 - suspected to be Worcestershire

22nd February 2012, 12:23
Thank you all for the quick responses and pictures! Fabulous!
Will get back to you soon if we make positive identification.