HMS Rifleman (1910)
Rifleman on 1 January 1917 during the rescue of troops from Ivernia
|Builder:||J. Samuel White & Company, Cowes|
|Launched:||22 August 1910|
|Length:||246 ft (75.0 m)|
|Beam:||25.2 ft (7.7 m)|
|Draught:||8.5 ft (2.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 Yarrow boilers, Parsons turbines, 13,500 shp|
On 1 January 1917 the German U-boat UB-47 torpedoed the Cunard liner RMS Ivernia off Cape Matapan, Greece. She was en route to Alexandria with 2,400 Scottish troops aboard; of these 85 drowned, together with 36 crew. Rifleman, the escorting destroyer, took off 650 and armed trawlers towed the remainder of the survivors in their lifeboats to Crete.
On 15 April 1917 the SS Cameronia was en route from Marseilles to Alexandria, Egypt, when the German U-boat U-33 torpedoed her 150 miles east of Malta. Cameronia was a 10,963 ton passenger liner that had been converted to a troopship in January 1917. She was carrying 2,650 troops and the exact number of deaths is unknown, though the number is likely to be 11 crew members and 129 troops. The Chatby Memorial in Egypt lists the names of 127 soldiers as having been lost with Cameronia. The vessel that carried the survivors to Suda was likely the Rifleman.
- North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1, p.155; Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.12, Cunard Line.