9 March 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

The master of the SS Lydia claimed that an enemy submarine attacked his vessel this week while it was en route from Jersey to England.


The master of the SS Lydia claimed that an enemy submarine attacked his vessel this week while it was en route from Jersey to England. Torpedoes were reportedly fired at the ship, although fortunately they did not hit their intended target.

There has been considerable anxiety since it became known that German U-Boats were now operating in the Channel and around the coasts of Britain. Emerging from the recently captured Belgian port of Ostend, the enemy submarines have been active since the start of the year. In February, the enemy announced that any vessel within the designated war zone was considered a target and may be attacked without warning. It seems the Lydia, which was on her way to Southampton with a complement of passengers, may have had a lucky escape.

News of the attempted attack has prompted further questions as to whether the Channel Islands could be used by the enemy as supply depots for enemy submarines. Jersey Lieutenant Governor, General Rochfort, is dismissive of the idea however, claiming the waters around the Islands are to shallow and rocky for submarines to operate.