MERCHANT SEAMAN OSCAR LIN

SS Kennington Mercantile Marine

Oscar Lin was brought up in the Plough Inn, (in the Plough Bank area of Montgomery) see picture His father was Thomas, the Landlord of the Plough Inn, his mother Caroline; and it would appear that the family had a tradition of seafaring, as Oscar had a younger brother, Alexander, who is described in the census as having been born in the Indian Ocean. The picture shows Plough Bank with the Plough Inn, dated 1909, when in the hands of the Lin family. The Plough is the building to the left of the timbered cottages, with a sign attached.

At the time of his death Oscar was 38, and working as the First Mate on the SS Kennington, a coal ship, sailing out of Newcastle upon Tyne. He had been working at sea for some time, and below is a copy of his certificate of competence as a Master of a Vessel, gained in 1905. He gained his certificate as a Second Mate in 1899, taking six years to reach his qualification.

He was married and his wife was living in South Shields at the time of his death. It is not known if he had any family of his own.

The SS Kennington, was a collier carrying coal along the Eastern coastline of England, and whilst on a passage from London to the Tyne at 10.45pm on the 12th June 1918; the ship was torpedoed without warning by a German submarine, the UB-108. The ship was hit in the stern, sending it straight into a vertical position from which it sank almost immediately. Miraculously, of the nine crew members, five survived, and the wreck of the Kennington still lies off the Yorkshire coastline. Oscar Lin was one of the four casualties. The company which owned the Kennington lost 10 out of a fleet of 13 colliers during the war.

Oscar is remembered on the Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, City of London. This is a memorial to those in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who lost their lives in conflict and have no known grave. The memorial contains the names of 35,767 sailors, and is pictured.