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SS Valdes was a steamship of some 2,233 gross tons, 265ft long with a beam of 40ft. She was built in 1905 and at the time of her sinking was under the ownership of the Yeoward Line of Liverpool. On the 17th February 1917 she was en route from Manchester to Cherbourg with a cargo of hay & flour.
At 11.15 pm she was torpedoed by German submarine U-84 without warning. It was a pitch-dark night, and nothing was seen before the explosion of the torpedo. The master and seven of the crew were thrown into the water as the ship went down. Three men went down with her. The port lifeboat was successfully launched, and 20 members of the crew embarked. The starboard lifeboat was blown to pieces. A trawler picked up the 20 survivors, but two of them died from exposure. Eleven men lost their lives.
Today Valdes lies east to west, 7 miles south of Portland Bill, in 52m, and stands up some 7m. Distance from Weymouth 14 miles.