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HMS Viknor


HMS Viknor was formerly RMS Atrato, built for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. She was later renamed SS Viking when sold to Viking Cruising Company and then Viknor by the Admiralty.

She had been requisitioned by the Admiralty converted to an armed merchant ship and attached to the 10th Cruiser Squadron blockading the seas between the North of Scotland and Iceland. She was crewed mainly by Royal Naval Reservists with a ships complement of 22 Officers and 273 Ratings.

On 13th January 1915 Viknor set sail from Londonderry in Ireland and headed out into the Irish Sea to make for her patrol area. On board her were 22 Officers and 273 Ratings mostly from the Royal Navy Reserve. The weather was bad and the sea was very choppy indeed. HMS Viknor never reached her patrol zone, a search of the area was made and scattered wreckage was found in the sea. There were no survivors. Mystery surrounds her sinking, it was thought at first that a U Boat had sunk her, however German records showed that no such craft were in the area until the end of January.

It was officially recorded that HMS Viknor has been destroyed by an enemy mine, somewhere off Tory Island and that no one had survived of the almost three hundred onboard. Some of the bodies of the crew washed up on Irish and Scottish soil over the course of several days.

John Doran

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Those known to have served in

HMS Viknor

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adam James. Fireman (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Arkle Leslie Charlton. Writer 2nd (d.13th Jan1915)
  • Burn Thomas. Cooper (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Hartley Arthur. Carp. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Mackay Donald Campbell. Carpenter. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Pattison William. Able.Sea. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Richardson John. Able.Sea. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Riley James Hodgen. Able.Sea. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Sayers John William. Fireman. (d.13th Jan 1915)

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