This is the 6,677t SS Makalla that was built in Port Glasgow in 1918 and sunk in the Moray Firth by German aircraft in August 1940. She was sailing in convoy from Liverpool – London – India when she was attacked. Another ship the 5,030t Llanishen was also sunk in the same incident.
My father can remember waking one morning during the war to see a ships mast sticking out of the water just off the North Sutor. Wartime restrictions meant that these things were not reported so he never knew what had happened. I would be interested to know whether it was either of these ships as the Makalla sank the day after the attack so may have been heading for the relative safety of the Cromarty Firth.
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