SS Newholm 1917
N50 12.569 W3 38.528
A view of the Newholm underwater Photo - Richard Knights
SS Newholm was a 3399 ton cargo steamship built in 1899. The picture above is of an almost identical ship built by the same company, Swan Hunter. She is the steamer “Elingamite” which was also built in the late 1800’s.
On the 8th September 1917 SS Newholm was on her way from Bilbao in Spain to Middleborough with a cargo of iron ore when she hit a mine laid by the German submarine UC-31 of the I Flotilla.
Twenty of the crew died with only Captain N.H.Blake and eight of his crew surviving.
UC 31 sank 38 ships sunk with a total of 51,017 tons between 2 September 1916 until she surrendered on 26 Nov 1918 . During the period she sunk the Newholm she was skippered by Kapitänleutnant Kurt Siewert who was honoured with the “Royal House Order of Hohenzollern“.
Steel Transport Steamship
Swan Hunter of Newcastle
330ft x 48ft.
293hp triple-expansion engines
Newcastle Steamship Company