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SS Westborough circa 1915

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Old 13th August 2016, 15:06
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SS Westborough circa 1915

Would someone know who was the captain of the Hopkins, Jones & Co. steamer Westborough in 1915 and was she a tramp steamer or did she have a regular run?
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Old 13th August 2016, 16:29
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The captain was Evan Lewis Taylor from New Quay in Wales.

20/10/1914 - 14/3/1915 voyage start at Barry voyage end at London.
29/4/1915 - 3/7/1915 voyage start at London voyage end at Cardiff.

Admiralty charter.


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Old 13th August 2016, 20:49
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What Iam really interested in is whether the Westborough played any part in the rescue of the survivors from the Lusitania? Could someone please clarify that.

The Lusitania Resource website indicates that she was but gives no specific details. But this is the only reference to her or any other cargo ship responding to Lusitania's SOS

Thank you Hugh for your much appreciated information about her Captain. Can I take that she was under Admiralty charter by May 7th 1915?
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I would always recommend searching Primary records for any detail - the logbook for WESTBOROUGH for 1915 is held at Kew in BT 165/1117

However. it is pretty clear she was involved in the rescue of survivors from LUSITANIA.

The Western Mail 10th May 1915.

53 Passengers saved by the Westborough.

A telegram has been received at the Docks from Captain Taylor, of the steamer Westborough, owned by Messrs. Hopkins, Jones & Co., Cardiff, stating that he has arrived at Queenstown, having saved 53 lives from the Lusitania. The Westborough was returning from the West Indies with a cargo of sugar for the Government.

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Old 13th August 2016, 22:37
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Thank you for clearing this up and added information that I couldn't find in other sources.

She seems to have been the only freighter involved in the rescue after
C- in-C Queenstown instructed cargo ships not to respond to Lusitania's SOS. The other rescue craft appear to have been small craft dispatched by the navy from Queenstown augmented by commerical trawlers and lifeboats.
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