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Brocklebank's SS Makalla 1

Brocklebank's SS Makalla 1

Makalla 1 was built by R Duncan and Co Ltd at Port Glasgow in 1918 and was similar in design to SS Mahratta. She was one of the ships dedicated to the training of their deck apprentices. She became the company's first loss by enemy bombing on 23 August 1940 off the north of Scotland while on route from London to Calcutta. It was considered too dangerous to use the Channel so ships were routed up and around Scotland.
The photograph belongs to Stuart Smith and it is obvious that the negative has been badly scratched in the past.
Photographer unknown.

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My father was a youngster in the town of Cromarty during WW2 and can remember waking one morning to see a ships mast sticking out of the water in the Moray Firth just beyond the entrance to the Cromarty Firth. Wartime restrictions meant that these things were not reported so he never knew what had happened. I would be interested to know whether it was this ship as the Makalla sank the day after the attack so may have been heading for the relative safety of the Cromarty Firth.

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