Saturday 8th August 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the loss a Ramsey resident Engine Room Hand William Lord, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Lord, of 7, Mona St., Ramsey.
Just 25 years of age William was one of 55 seamen killed when HMS Ramsey was sunk whilst on patrol out of Scapa Flow.
The former Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ship "The Ramsey", was built for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company by the Barrow Shipbuilders, and sailed on the Fleetwood and Belfast service under the name of the Duke of Lancaster. In 1912 she was bought by the I.O.M. Steam Packet Company, and named the Ramsey.
After completing the 1914 season on the Liverpool and Douglas service, she was taken over by the Government, and fitted out by Cammell Laird and Co. as an Armed Boarding vessel.
Her armament consisted of two twelve pounder guns, placed port and starboard, underneath the Captain’s bridge. Her crew numbered ninety-eight all told.
Her story can be found on the Manxnotebook website using this link:-
At 10:55am on Saturday 8th August a short ceremony will be held at the War Memorial in Ramsey to commemorate the loss of William Lord and of HMS Ramsey the first forebearer of the current HMS Ramsey with which the town has a proud affiliation.