Cross Channel steamer St. Patrick, 1,992grt, (Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Co.) loaded with a general cargo including boxes of fish the St Patrick sailed independently from Rosslare on the 13th June 1941. The same day of the Pembrokeshire coast the ship was attacked by a lone German Heinkel HE-111 bomber. On the first pass the aircraft began strafing the ship with machine gun fire and returning for a second attack dropped a stick of four bombs, with at least one bomb finding the target exploding between the bridge and funnel setting the ship ablaze. With fires raging, one Stewardess Elizabeth May Owens battled through the flames and forcing the buckled doors into the accommodation hoping to reach where she knew some of the female passengers were housed. After finding them and leading them on deck and securing life belts for them, returned to the accommodation to rescue a young girl. With no life vest they both jumped overboard and within seven minutes the ship broke in two and sank in position 52’ 04N 05’ 25W taking seventeen crewmembers, one DEMS gunner and twelve passengers with her. For the next two hours the ships Stewardess clung on to the young girl until rescue came. She was later awarded the George Medal and the Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea. Tragically one of the crewmembers killed (BRENNAN, J.J.) age 17 years old had lost his father Moses Brennan from the same ship the previous year after the ship was strafed by German aircraft. He had gone to sea as the main bread winner for his family after his father’s death. Amongst the other casualties was the ships Master, James Faraday and his son, John Faraday, who whilst on leave from the Merchant Navy had joined his father on-board the St. Patrick on that fateful day. As John Faraday was on leave at the time, the circumstances of his death did not qualify him for war grave status and he is only recorded as civilian war dead.