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SM U-64



1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

HMHS Essequibo

RMS Essequibo - full details still to source.

Served as hospital ship during ww1 (for Canadian government?)

  • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
  • Medical Staff strength.
  • Officers:11
  • Nurses:16
  • Other:76
  • Accommodation capacity.
  • Officers:42
  • Cots:249
  • Berths:298
  • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
  • Date From:2nd September 1915
  • Date To:12th September 1919
  • Ships Crew details:

Apparently Essequibo was stopped by U-64 in 1917, searched, confirmed a hospital ship, and sent on her way. She was commissioned in 1915 as a Mail Ship, pressed into service as a hospital ship for the duration, then returned to her original role. Eventually sold to the Russians in 1935!

Essequibo was a 8489 grt steamer built in 1914/15 for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. she was transferred in 1922 to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. (which the Royal Mail SP Co. owned) and sold to the USSR in 1935 and renamed Neva.

The "Essequibo" was stopped and searched by U 54 (Kptlt. Freiherr von Bothmer) off Ireland on 15.03.1917, not by U 64.

The Essequibo was a British hospital ship loaned to the Canadian Government in 1917 as one of the five Canadian hospital ships for ww1 for the transatlantic run. She was indeed stopped, inspected and allowed to proceed by a German uboat as previously reported. An English sailor's or merchant marine company history does talk briefly about this.

15th April 1916 U-Boat Index - WW1  SM U-64

Type U 63 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 248) Ordered 17 May 1915 Laid down 19 May 1915 Launched 29 Feb 1916 Commissioned 15 Apr 1916

Commanders.
15 Apr 1916 - 17 Jun 1918 Robert Moraht.

Career 10 patrols 31 May 1916 - 19 Nov 1916 IV Flotilla 19 Nov 1916 - 17 Jun 1918 Pola/Mittelmeer I Flotilla

Successes 45 ships sunk with a total of 129,569 tons.
3 ships damaged with a total of 9,420 tons.
1 ship taken as prize with a total of 186 tons.
1 warship sunk with a total of 18,300 tons.

  • 25 Sep 1916 U 64 Robert Moraht Bella 11 br
  • 26 Sep 1916 U 64 Robert Moraht Loch Ryan (prize) 186 br
  • 10 Nov 1916 U 64 Robert Moraht Freja 2,168 da
  • 10 Nov 1916 U 64 Robert Moraht Tripel 4,633 nw
  • 15 Nov 1916 U 64 Robert Moraht F. Matarazzo 2,823 br
  • 17 Feb 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Hawk 243 br
  • 17 Feb 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Okement 4,349 br
  • 18 Feb 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Asturian (damaged) 3,193 br
  • 19 Feb 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Corso 3,242 br
  • 12 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Nina M. 117 it
  • 16 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Catania 3,188 it
  • 17 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Tripoli 658 it
  • 19 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Danton 18,300 fr
  • 23 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Eptalofos 4,413 br
  • 25 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Berbera 4,352 br
  • 25 Mar 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Immacolata 137 it
  • 5 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Kallundborg 1,590 br
  • 6 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Oriana 1,015 ar
  • 7 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Mama Filomena 148 it
  • 9 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Fert 5,567 it
  • 9 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Gratangen 2,484 nw
  • 12 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Moreni 4,045 am
  • 19 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht La Giuseppina 28 it
  • 19 Jun 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Nuovo Mondo Carmelo 25 it
  • 12 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Gisla 2,118 nw
  • 12 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Urd 3,049 br
  • 12 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Wilmore 5,395 am
  • 14 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Amiral De Kersaint 5,570 fr
  • 14 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Ausonia 1,438 it
  • 14 Sep 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Chulmleigh 4,911 br
  • 19 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht War Clover 5,174 br
  • 25 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Erviken 2,134 nw
  • 25 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Ness 3,050 br
  • 25 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Sheaf Blade 2,378 br
  • 26 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Le Tarn 1,658 fr
  • 28 Oct 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Ferrona 4,591 br
  • 9 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Adour 1,940 nw
  • 10 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Crathorne 2,619 nw
  • 10 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Owasco 4,630 am
  • 11 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht D. A. Gordon 2,301 br
  • 11 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Minorca 1,145 br
  • 14 Dec 1917 U 64 Robert Moraht Coila 4,135 br
  • 30 Jan 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Minnetonka 13,528 br
  • 4 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Participation 2,438 it
  • 5 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Caprera 1,875 it
  • 6 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Duca Di Genova 7,893 it
  • 7 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Montenegro (damaged) 1,306 fr
  • 8 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Agnese Madre 235 it
  • 8 Feb 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Emma Felice 128 it
  • 17 Jun 1918 U 64 Robert Moraht Kandy (damaged) 4,921 br

Fate 17 Jun 1918 - Damaged by Depth Charges from HMS Lychnis, she surfaced and received a hail of fire until sinking at 38.07N 10.27E. 38 dead and 5 survivors.

There was another U 64 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 20 Sep 1939 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 16 Dec 1939.

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