A brass 4.5 Howitzer shell case

Contributed by JAC St Ives

A brass 4.5 Howitzer shell case

I often look at the brass shell case that sits on our hearth and wonder if it might have changed the course of history.
I met the late Captain Ross when he was in command of the salvage vessel Droxford, working under the Risdon Beazley flag. He had recently returned from a salvage operation off the Faeroes where he located the SS Holington, sunk on the 2nd June 1917 by the German U 95 with the loss of some 30 lives.
Hollington was carrying a cargo of tin, and according to Capt Ross, small arms and ammunition for delivery to the Tsar of Russia.
Hollington was caught by U 95 and it would appear that a surface battle followed, as the area around the wreck was strewn with shell cases, one of which I was later given.
Had the SS Holington not been sunk by enemy action, would the cargo have changed the result of he Russian revolution?
The records show that between 1970 & 1972 Captain Ross recovered 680 Tons of Tin from the SS Holington which lay off the Faeroes at a depth of 894 feet.
I wonder?

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