During a SE Gale with heavy rain and very poor visibility, the SS Empire Parsons went ashore on the east side of Stroma Island in the Pentland Firth.
With professional skills, the islanders rescued the 52 crew members by breeches buoy, signalling the remaining 35 vessels to keep clear. For some time, a few crew members stood by the vessel and were accommodated locally. Catering staff, Albert Ferrier, Jimmy Sutcliffe and Danny Pettigrew, stayed with my late parents. Cabin boy, Norman Wilkinson, from South Shields, spent the first night in my bed, vacant, as I was attending high school on the mainland.
A censored letter, received later, suggested that Albert and Jimmy had landed in America from a torpedoes vessel. In another missive, Albert had married his American fiancée, Jeanne. My uncle from Canada, when on the Fort Bedford transporting troops to North Africa, met Jimmy Sutcliffe. Albert became Chief Steward on Empire Zeal.
I would greatly appreciate any information regarding the above. The Empire Parsons was written off, a total loss, to be scrapped where she lay. A sad end to her maiden voyage from Tyne to Baltimore.