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SS Sussex

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Cross-channel ferry.

1916 March 24th. A German submarine torpedoed the ferry S.S. Sussex which sustained heavy damage, killing fifty and injuring hundreds, including three Americans. The ferry crossed from Folkestone in south-east England to Dieppe in France and was towed to the port of Boulonge-sur-Mar, France. At first the German government denied the torpedoing of the ferry but later admitted that the German submarine, UB-29, mistakenly believed it to be a minelayer.

Henry John Lawson claimed he was on this ship when it was attacked and was seriously injured and at one time thought to have been killed.

The Marine Nationale at Le Havre repaired the steamer and sold the vessel after the war to Greece where she was scrapped in 1924

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