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TheBayano was a Elders & Fyffes merchant ship launched in 1913. She was requisitioned on the 21st of November 1914 and became HMS Bayano, Pendant No M78, an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was 5948 tons, carried 2 x 6 inch guns, had a speed of 14 knots.
HMS Bayano, left port by herself, after coaling in Glasgow, on the 11th of March 1915 and was torpedoed by U-27 and sunk off Corsewall Point, Galloway, Ireland. Four officers and 22 men were saved, 197 lives were lost.
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Shipwright William Tiltman HMS Bayano (d.11th March 1915)
The ship Bayano was owned by Elders & Fyffes, built in 1913. She became the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS BAYANO in 1914. HMS BAYANO was used to move men, equipment and supplies around and at 0515am on the 11th of May 1915, captained by Commander Henry Cecil Carr, she was intercepted, torpedoed and sunk on her way from Clyde to Liverpool by U-27 (commanded by Captain Wegener) off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It was reported in the Times newspaper that the Bayano sank in less than three minutes with the loss of 197 lives.Emma Bowden
ERA. Robert Sanderson HMS Bayano (d.11th Mar 1915)
Robert Sanderson died aged 28 in the sinking of HMS Bayano. Born in Jarrow in 1886, he was the husband of Alice Sanderson (nee Carney) of 202 South Palmerston Street South Shields Robert is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.Vin Mullen
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