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Assisted by Sally Douglas, I have been looking at ships bearing the name Douglas.  This was not an avenue I expected to be going down, and I certainly never expected to find so many. However, several of the vessels have very interesting histories.

So far, we have located three ships that met their fate at the hands of the German navy - U-boats in particular.

First to go was a Swedish steamer in 1916. She was carrying general cargo from  Grimsby to Skien.  

The SS Douglas was shelled and sunk by U.37 120 miles west of Cape Finisterre on 1st June 1940 whilst sailing from Alexandria for the Tyne .

The unarmed schooner Florence M. Douglas  was sailing from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles to Georgetown, British Guiana with a cargo of salt in May 1942 when she was sunk by U.132 on 4 May, 1942.

Not all the ships have happy storie, as can be discovered at Douglas Ships and Shipping

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'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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