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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016 21:50 
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Good morning all, can somebody please help.
I am looking for information of the sinking of the 158 ton ship SS Skarv in the Bristol channel on Nov- 11- 1940. With the loss of all 5 crew members, the ship appears on the Tower Hill memorial and the only information i can find is that she was sunk by a mine in the Bristol Channel.
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SS Skarv , 158 tons, Reg no 129558, built in 1911 by the Androsan ship yard, yard no 237.
I can find 5 ships mined in Nov 1940 in the Bristol channel. But as yet no details on the actual sinking or position of the sinking, just Mined Bristol Channel.
i am particularly looking for two crew members who are related
Charles Edward SELF age 31.
William Henry Self age 35.
Both were Cardiff seamen and as yet i can find no graves Etc so im assuming they were both lost at sea and have no graves. Both seamen are recorded on the Tower Hill memorial.
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Found out she disappeared without trace and was presumed sunk by a mine.Sailed from Swansea to collect sand off Nash point sandbanks and was never heard of again.
RIP to the 5 crew members ;pop


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Hi Taff, Hope all is well in your world mate, I just done a few searches u=boat.net and a few others strange it isn't listed Regards Terry. :scratchhead:



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Thanks Terry :thumbsupp: . It appears that there were quite a few ships sunk without trace in the first two weeks of November 1940. German planes were hammering the Thames and Bristol channels with mines.



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did you find this geoff? probably little or no connection but nevertheless here it is http://www.warsailors.com/singleships/skarv.html
Gothenburg. Sold in Sept.-1932 to Otters Rederi A/S (Rich. Otter), renamed Skarv.
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Yes Tom i found that one, but its the wrong ship, The one i was looking for was Glasgow built and only 148 grt. so really only a tiddler..



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the only thing i have discovered is she was a sand carrier

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SELF, Charles Albert. Seaman, SS Skarv (Sunderland). Died 11/11/40 age 31. Born Cardiff to William Self. Brother of William below. Ship sunk in the Bristol Channel. Tower Hill Memorial.
SELF, William Henry. Fireman, SS Skarv (Sunderland). Died 11/11/40 age 35. Born Cardiff to William and Lily Self. Brother of Charles above. Ship sunk in the Bristol Channel. Tower Hill Memorial.



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:thumbsupp: Yes one of those ships that nothing is really known about her apart from official statistic s. Seems your right Tomarse a sand carrier. she left Swansea for the Nash sand banks, a popular place for dredging sand from but as she is only classed as a sand carrier i would think that she would go and beach herself on the sand bank, wait for low tide and then load herself with sand using some form of bucket and crane, sail off on the high tide. Maybe thats how she disapeared by picking up a mine. :blowup:



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