Date(s) - Jun 3, Mon
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SS Aparima was an armed British Merchant Ship of some 5,704 gross tons and 131m in length. Built 1902 by W. Denny & Bros, Dumbarton she was powered by a 6 cylinder triple expansion engine producing 389hp. She was armed with a single 4.7 inch stern mounted gun. At 00:50 am while en voyage from London to Barry the Aparima was torpedoed without warning by the German submarine UB-40 (the U-boat which also sank the Salsette, LH Carl and many others). The vessel sank in five minutes, giving the crew no time to launch the boats.
A total of 26 European and 30 native crew members were lost, the one passenger, who survived, being a pilot. 26 crew were picked up by the Norwegian vessel SS Selun and landed at St. Helen’s, 16 were picked up by a patrol vessel, the rest landing at Saint Alban’s Head.
Aparima makes for a superb dive. The bow is breaking away from the hull but largely intact. Her gun sits on the seabed starboard side of the stern. Today she lies in 40-42m depth, standing 8m proud, listing to starboard. Distance from Weymouth 22 miles.
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