Ships hit during WWI

Rio Mondego

NameRio Mondego
TypeSailing vessel
GRT733 tons
Country  Portuguese
BuilderJ. M. Novaes, Figuera-do-Foz
OperatorSoc. Figueirense ie Constru. Naval, Figueira
HistoryWooden four-masted schooner.

U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Rio Mondego

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
15 Sep 1918U 53 (Otto von Schrader)Damagedaboutt 40 miles S Lands End

? - Swansea
wine and general

Rio Mondego was on a voyage to Swansea and was damaged by demolition charges and abandoned. It was towed to the Isles of Scilly, and subsequently beached. The schooner was carrying a cargo of Porto wine, some of which had been damaged in the action. Even though the vessel was guarded, an unknown quantity of the cargo was mysteriously "liberated" and some of it apparently allowing the Armistice in November 1918 to be marked in a suitable manner.

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