LE HAVRE, FRANCE. 1916-10-28. THE BRITISH HOSPITAL SHIP GALEKA DOWN AT THE BOWS AFTER STRIKING A ...

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Place Europe: France, Haute-Normandie, Seine Maritime, Le Havre
Accession Number A05190
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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LE HAVRE, FRANCE. 1916-10-28. THE BRITISH HOSPITAL SHIP GALEKA DOWN AT THE BOWS AFTER STRIKING A GERMAN MINE OUTSIDE THE HARBOUR AT LE HAVRE. THE GALEKA, A UNION CASTLE LINER OF 6,772 TONS, HAD CROSSED THE CHANNEL FROM SOUTHAMPTON WITH SIXTY-ONE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL CORPS (RAMC) OFFICERS AND MEN AND FIFTY-SIX CREW. SHE DRIFTED AFTER ENTRY TO THE HARBOUR WAS POSTPONED AND STRUCK A MINE ABOUT SIX MILES FROM THE HARBOUR ENTRANCE AT 6.15 AM. THE EXPLOSION KILLED NINETEEN AMC ORDERLIES. THE SURVIVING PASSENGERS AND CREW WERE TAKEN OFF IN THE SHIPS LIFEBOATS AND THE GALEKA DRIFTED UNTIL SHE RAN AGROUND NORTH OF CAPE LA HEVE.