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Whilst walking round the churchyard of St. Mary's at Burwick, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, I came across a headstone with the following inscription:
"Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM GEORGE MANSON, Master Mariner, born 21st July 1923 died heroically trying to save his ship and crew off Latakia, Syria on 27th December 1975 aged 52 years, beloved husband of ANNA LEE MANSON"
Can anyone tell me what happened to this man, including ship name if possible. I had a quick look on line but couldn't find any reports of accidents in the right area at the right time.
If not, could anyone suggest where to try for information? I have already tried the Honourable Company of Master Mariners but they were unable to help.
Many thanks in advance for any help or information supplied.

Kind regards,

Chris Platt
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