Historic Markers Across Georgia

Sinking of the HMS Otranto

Marker ID: GHS 
Location: 104 S. Main Street in Sylvania, GA
County: Screven
Coordinates: N 32° 45.020    W 081° 38.200
  32.75033333    -81.63666666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7X7X
Sinking of the HMS Otranto Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Sinking of the H.M.S. Otranto

On September 25, 1918, the British troopship H.M.S. Otranto left New York carrying more than 1,025 U.S. soldiers and crewmen as part of a convoy headed to fight in Europe during World War I. Most of the soldiers onboard had trained at Fort Screven on Tybee Island. On October 6, nearing the Scottish coast in stormy seas, the Otranto was accidentally rammed by sister ship H.M.S Kashmir. In a desperate rescue attempt that saved over 500 lives, men jumped from the foundering Otranto onto the nearby British destroyer H.M.S. Mounsey. Approximately 470 soldiers and crew died, including nearly 130 from Georgia, the single greatest loss of life in troop transport during the war. Nearly a third of the soldiers from Georgia who lost their lives on the Otranto were from Screven and Berrien counties.

2017.? Erected by the Georgia Historical Society,
Georgia World War I Centennial Commission,
and VFW Post 7116


Dedicated on October 6, 2017