The Ship’s Loss: Quoted from “The British Merchant Service. Being a History of the British Mercantile Marine” (R. J. Cornewall-Jones, 1898):
“The Edenmoor, a steel-built steamer, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, left Batoum on the 6th of November, with a cargo of refined petroleum, for Currachee. The petroleum was in tin cases of four gallons each, which were again packed in wooden cases. There were 112,480 such cases, so that there were about 450,000 gallons of petroleum on board. In addition to this there were 70 gallons of the petroleum in a tank in the engine-room, for use in the engine-room lamps.
All that could be done was to stop the ship by shutting off the steam from the stoke-hold, and this they managed to do. HMS Edgar, which happened to be passing, endeavoured to render assistance, but the sea was too high to enable her to get alongside in order to use her own pumps in checking the fire; she therefore took the crew off, and took the Edenmoor in tow, with the intention of taking her to the nearest harbour. During the night, however, the fire spread, the Edenmoor being then in flames from the bow to the stern, and the hawser soon after parted. Seeing that there was no possibility of saving the ship, and thinking it not unlikely that an explosion would occur, Admiral FitzGerald withdrew the HMS Edgar to a little distance, and then opened fire on the Edenmoor to sink her. 72 shots were fired at her before she ultimately went to the bottom, still burning furiously.”
Miramar Single Ship Reports for 1101849
“The British Merchant Service. Being a History of the British Mercantile Marine” (R. J. Cornewall-Jones. Sampson Low, Marston & company, Lt., 1898)