Sunday 20th June 1915

 The  Aberdeen trawler A 471  Premier sunk by submarine U 22 ( Captain Bruno Hoppe) ,  70 miles NNE of Cape Wrath or 75 miles North by West of Troup Head.



Monday 21st June 1915



Tuesday 22nd 1915





Wednesday  23rd June 1915


Fifteen British fishing vessels  were attacked by the German submarine U38 (and perhaps a second unidentified U Boat ) while they were fishing Shetland grounds 30 miles East of Unst. The Commander of U38 at that time was Max Valentiner, one of Germany‚Äôs most successful commanders of WW I. The method of attack  was for the U Boat to approach the target and order the crew to abandon their ship and take to their lifeboats. Once they were clear the U Boat sank the target by gunfire or explosive charges.

The result was that casualties at  were mercifully few and in the case of this attack only one fisherman was injured, Robert Buchan of the Four, when the U Boat opened fire before they had had time to abandon ship. He died later of his injuries.

Vessels Lost: Steam Drifters:

PD 63. Ugie Brae

PD 203. Elizabeth

PD 475. Quiet Waters

PD 82. Uffa

PD 98. Research

PD 17. Primrose

PD 104. Four

PD 191. J M & S

PD 537. Star of Bethlehem

PD 92. Monarda

YH 297. Piscatorial

YH 978. Josephine ( of Lerwick)

Vessels Lost: Steam Line Fishing Boats:

A 441. Lebanon

A 598, Viceroy

A 12. Vine


Allowed to pick up survivors and escape

PD 152. Nigella

PD 424. Energy

PD 208. Archimedes

much more detail about the U38 attack on the fishing boats can be found in an excellent article by Charlie Smith in the Shetland Times and in the relevant sections of U


 Hull trawler H 236 Quail sank following a collision off Portland while on Admiralty service. For further information on the vessel, courtesy of euwrecksite click on her name above.



Thursday 24th June 1915

U 38 continued on her patrol and sank the Aberdeen liner A 226 Commander was sunk 49 miles East of Baltasound.


Friday 25th June 1915 




Saturday 26th June 1915

 The German U Boat U 39 (Captain: Walter Forstmann) sank the Aberdeen trawler A 437 Campania 60 mile North by West of Hoy Head.