James Bannerman

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  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Shipmaster & First Mate
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  • Regiment/Service: S.S. Morning
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 69
  • Date of Death: 24.12.1915
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  • Address: 17 Bellfield Ave, Dundee
  • Occupation: Shipmaster
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More about James Bannerman

The S. S. Morning was a Dundee Whaling ship built in Norway in 1871. She was part of the 1911 British Antarctic expedition to search for the Discovery.  On December 29th,  1915 she foundered with all but two of her crew while carrying arms to Russia. Captain Smith and the second mate survived.

S.S. Morning  was a British cargo steamer of 452grt that foundered 50nm NE of the Faroes,  December 1915 when on route from Queenstown for Archangel.

James Bannerman was one of the oldest Dundonians to die at sea during the war. He lived at 17 Bellfield Avenue, Dundee. He was serving as the Shipmaster of the SS Morning, a steamship which foundered 50 miles North East of the Faeroes on 24 December 1915 whilst on route from Queenstown in Ireland to Archangel. First Mate George Bernard and Second Mate William Duncan from Dundee were lost as well. They are not listed on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and the loss the SS Morning is only recorded in the Dundee City Roll of Honour. There were two survivors from the sinking.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson.

Additional information by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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