"SS Pegu, built by Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton in 1913 and owned at the time of her loss by British & Burmese SN. Co. Ltd. & Burmah SS. Co. Ltd. (P. Henderson & Co.), Glasgow, was a British steamer of 6348 tons.
On July 8th, 1917, Pegu, on a voyage from Rangoon to Liverpool with a cargo of beans, rice and general cargo, was sunk by the German submarine U-57 (Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg), 7 miles southeast of Galley Head. 1 person was lost." -- thanks to Jan Lettens.
FOUR BOILERS, TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE OF 521NHP, SINGLE SHAFT.
The loss I believe was the third engineer. It was thought that everyone had abandoned ship - it was later that he was missing. The ship is very, very broken after numerous attempts to raise timebers using mechanical grabs.
HARPY was involved in a site survey of the wreck and also bringing personnel to the reclimation barge in 2011. PEGU's cargo included burmese teak destined for the fortification of heavy gun emplacements in WW1 France/Belgium and attempts to raise some of these (alledgedly for the recently burned "Cutty Sark") was attempted in 2011. Some of the timbers recovered were in great condition, others were useless and "eaten" from the core outwards.
Her later namesake with the same company was lost by accident in the Formby/Crosby channel aproches to Liverpool in 1939, where her remains can still be seen at low water. Her bell is in Whiteacre Boarding School, Whalley, Clitheroe where her name is synonymous with "Please Everybody Get Up"! It was run to rise the boarders in the morning.
Some details of the 1917 wreck's history from the Admiralty records:
**H6907/29 POSN 7M SE FROM GALLEY HEAD. (WW1SL). POSN 512830N, 084730W APPROX.
**5.2.71 CHARTED AS NDWPA IN 512830N, 084730W. LC 1824B.
**WK REPD IN 512837N, 084700W. (E GILES). NCA YET.
**30.6.76 AMEND TO USCPA 65MTRS. NC 2092.
**2.8.85 CONFIRMED IDENTITY AND POSN. SALVAGE OF CARGO IN HAND. (SEASALVE MARINE, 4.7.85).
**H1310/85/27 10.6.85 WK RECENTLY IDENTIFIED AS THE PEGU. LOCATED IN 512823N, 084631W. (G WILLIAMS, 17.8.85). NCA.
**H1270/80 2.8.85 AMEND TO USC 65MTRS IN 512837N, 084700W. (AUTHORITY NOT KNOWN). BR STD. POSITIONS BELOW THIS POINT ARE IN DEGREES, MINUTES AND DECIMALS OF A MINUTE
**HH284/430/04 2.4.04 LOCATED BY MBES IN 5128.410N, 0846.690W [WGD] USING DGPS. GEN DEPTH 88MTRS. (MV GEOGRAPH VIA E GILES). DTM SHOWS LENGTH 115MTRS, WIDTH 40MTRS, HT 8MTRS. LIES 165/345 DEGS. AMEND TO WK 75MTRS IN REVISED POSN. BR STD.
**20.7.05 DIVED IN LISTED POSN. LIES N/S. WELL BROKEN UP. STANDS 4 - 5 MTRS HIGH. (K HEATH, TELECON). NCA.