Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

William Hyde


The British steamship Moresby was torpedoed without warning on the 28th November, 1916 by the German submarine U-39 (Walter Forstmann). This ship at once settled down by the stern, and as she disappeared in 12 minutes there was no possibility of getting any of the boats out or doing anything to save life. 

The submarine was not seen. The chief officer, his wife, one A.B. and 29 Chinamen were lost. The master, second mate, second and third engineers, one A.B. and seven Chinamen were saved.


Moresby SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 1,763 tons built in 1881. She was formely called Jacob Christensen. On the 28th November 1916 when on route from Saigon to Dunkirk with a cargo of rice she was torpedoed by German submarine U-39 and sunk in the Mediterranean when 120 miles NW by N from Alexandria. 33 crew lost.

William Hyde