Previously mis-identified as the wreck being Rydal Hall, SS War Monarch was a 7,887 ton armed merchantship built in 1917 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco and owned at the time of loss by the The Shipping Controller (managed by Cunard SS Company Ltd of London).
On this same day 14th February 1918 and alongside SS Carlisle Castle, being some 11 miles east from the Royal Sovereign lighthouse, The SS War Monarch was on a voyage from Hull to Italy with a cargo of coal, when she torpedoed without warning and sunk by submarine UB-57 under the command of Johannes Lohs with three losses of:
Previously known as Rydal Hall, she was positively identified by David Ronnan and his partner from the dive boat dive125 as the War Monarch on August 21st 2011, with 100% certainty
Today the wreck is sitting in 35m. She is broken into three sections, the small bow area is very tight to penetrate and has given up its small and unnamed bell. However the letters WAR MON are still visible on the bow before the break.
- Nationality: British
- Cause Lost: Torpedo
- Date Lost: 14/02/1918
- Casualties: 3
- Route: Hull – Italy
- Cargo: Coal