HMS Prunella (X 02)
British Special service vessel
|Name||HMS Prunella (X 02)|
|Type:||Special service vessel (SSV)|
|Completed||1930 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Date of attack||21 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-28 (Günter Kuhnke)|
|Position||49° 44'N, 8° 52'W - Grid BF 1561|
|Complement||96 (56 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Scapa Flow (14 June) - patrol area off Ireland - Halifax|
|History||Completed in July 1930 as steam merchant Knight Almoner for Ottoman Line Ltd (Pardoe-Thomas), Newport. 1934 renamed Cape Howe for Lyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow. On 15 Sep 1939 requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to a decoy ship, commissioned in March 1940 as special service vessel (SSV) HMS Prunella (X 02). |
|Notes on event|
At 08.46 hours on 21 June 1940, HMS Prunella (X 02) (A/Cdr E.L. Woodhall, DSO, MVO, RN) was hit on the starboard side near the bridge by one of two torpedoes fired by U-28 in the Southwest Approaches. The explosion blew open the hatches of #1 hold, put the Asdic and steering gear out of order and mortally injured two crewmen. The panic party abandoned the now slowly circling ship in two lifeboats but the U-boat did not surface and fired a coup de grâce after about one hour that hit on port side amidships, causing her to slowly settle by the bow until sinking with a list to port at 12.30 hours.
|On board||We have details of 57 people who were on board.|
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