HMHS Llandovery Castle
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|Name||HMHS Llandovery Castle|
|Builder/Built||1914 Barclay Curle & Co, Glasgow|
|Type||Passenger liner (twin screw)|
Owned by the Union-Castle Line and designed to carry 429 passengers. As a hospital ship she could service 622 beds with 102 medical staff.
The sinking of the Llandovery Castle by U-Boat U-86 off southern Ireland on 27 June 1918 is considered one of the worst atrocities of the war. She was employed as a hospital ship and had her cross lights were on when she was torpedoed without warning by a German submarine.
Firing at a hospital ship was against international law and the standing orders of the Imperial German Navy. The captain of U-86, Helmut Brümmer-Patzig, sought to destroy the evidence of torpedoing the ship. When the crew took to the lifeboats, U-86 surfaced, ran down all but one of the lifeboats and machine-gunned many of the survivors.
Only 24 people survived out of the 258 people on board.