The SS DERBENT was a 3,161 ton steel tank steamer built in 1907 by Armstrong Whitworth & Co, Newcastle for the Societe Anon. d'Armement, d'Industrie et de Commerce of Antwerp. She was 310.0 x 43.0 x 26.8 feet with a single screw powered by a 258HP 3 cylinder (23.5“, 39“ & 62“ with 45“ stroke) triple expansion engine fitted aft. Her machinery was provided by Wallsend Slipway Co Ltd, Newcastle.
In 1914 she was taken over by the Admiralty and defensively armed (possibly a single gun on the bow?).
On the 30th November 1917 she was en route from Liverpool to Queenstown with a cargo of fuel oil. When she was 6 miles off Lynas Point she was struck by a torpedo fired by U-96 under the command of Heinrich Jeß. Fortunately no lives were lost in the attack and she took a couple of days to finally sink.
She now lies on her starboard side in 42m, still quite intact with her prop in situ. She is covered in plumose anemones and soft corals.
This video is from a trip to her on the 5th June 2010.