British Motor tanker
|Completed||1937 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen|
|Owner||John I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||59° 14'N, 17° 51'W - Grid AL 3388|
|Complement||39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Sydney (5 Oct) - Clyde|
|Cargo||13.700 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in September 1937 as Actor for Neptune Shipping Ltda SA (Mosvold), Panama. 1938 sold to France and renamed Languedoc for Société Française de Transports Pétrolièrs (SFTP), Paris. 1940 seized by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 05.53 hours on 17 Oct 1940, U-48 fired three torpedoes at three ships in the convoy SC-7 about 160 miles northwest of Rockall and reported two ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, only the Languedoc and Scoresby were hit by one torpedo each and sank.
The master and 38 crew members from the Languedoc (Master John Thomson) were picked up by HMS Bluebell (K 80) (LtCdr R.E. Sherwood, RNR) after an inspection revealed that the tanker was beyond salvage and was scuttled with gunfire by the corvette. The survivors were landed at Gourock on 20 October.
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