On the 25th November 1917 the 3764 ton Oriflamme struck a mine when inbound from the USA with a cargo of benzine. There is some debate as to whether the mine was laid by UC-63 or our own forces! Unfortunately an errant distress flare landed on the stricken ship setting the benzine alight & this was ultimately to seal her fate.
Initially it was hoped that the vessel could be saved, however the fire in the cargo become too fierce & it was towed offshore & sunk by gunfire from a torpedo boat in its present position, about a mile south of St. Catherines Point on the Isle of Wight.
There were no casualties.
This is still a substantial wreck, standing as much as 7m high in places & lying in general depth of 42m.