Chief Engineer Officer Samuel Sloan served in the Merchant Navy during World War Two. He was the husband of Helena Sloan of Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Samuel served on SS Orlock Head. He had 2 brothers James Sloan and John Sloan who also sailed in the Merchant Navy. SS Orlock Head launched in 1921, built in Dublin and operated by the Ulster Steamship Company. On 11th March 1940, the Irish steamship collided with Clan Stewart as both ships travelled in a convoy in foggy weather. The second ship sank as a result of this incident.
On 28th July 1940, SS Orlock Head lagged behind its convoy when a Luftwaffe fighter plane launched an attack. The steamship caught fire resulting in the deaths of 6 crew members including Samuel Sloan. Another vessel from the convoy, Star of Liberty brought the dead and injured to Scrabster Harbour, Thurso, Scotland. This was a base for ferries that brought explosives to Scapa Flow. Of the fatalities from this incident, 5 have graves in Northern Ireland with the final casualty buried in Thurso, Scotland.
Remembering the crew of SS Orlock Head
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Information|
|Ross||James||Chief Officer||Killed aged 49 years old. Buried in Ballyharry Cemetery, Islandmagee, Co. Antrim.|
|Wilson||Hill||Able Seaman||Killed aged 32 years old. Buried in St. John's Church of Ireland, Islandmagee, Co. Antrim.|
|Blaney||Robert James||3rd Engineer Officer||Killed aged 35 years old. Buried in Ballynahinch Congregational Cemetery, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.|
|McNeill||John||Chief Steward||Killed aged 36 years old. Buried in Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.|
|Sloan||Samuel||Chief Engineer Officer||Killed aged 61 years old. Buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down.|
|Ward||Victor Edwin||2nd Engineer Officer||Killed aged 61 years old. Buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Thurso, Scotland.|