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SS Mechanician was a merchant ship built by Workman, Clark and Co in 1900. It was built at Belfast for Harrison of Liverpool.
She was taken over by the Royal Navy in April 1917, being commissioned 20 June of that year, for use as a 'Commissioned armed escort ship', fitted with 2 x 6in and 2 x 4in guns, her role being to escort convoys.
Sub lieutenant Eng. Henry James Harris was a crew member who served and lost his life when she ship was torpedoed; under the command of Captain James Nicholson.
she was en-route to Plymouth from the Thames estuary when she was attacked at 02.50. She was hit by two torpedoes, thirty minutes apart, the first exploding against number six hold which caused the stoke-hold to flood; the second hit the boiler room.