British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton|
|Owner||Lamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||27 Oct 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)|
|Position||49.30N, 12.15W - Grid BE 1452|
|Complement||42 (0 dead and 42 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (26 Oct) - Halifax - Rosario|
|Cargo||General cargo, including chemicals|
|History||Laid down as War Coney for The Shipping Controller, completed in June 1919 as Bronte for Lamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool. |
|Notes on loss|
At 19.30 hours on 27 Oct, 1939, U-34 attacked the convoy OB-25 180 miles west of Lands End and torpedoed the Bronte. At 21.01 hours, the U-boat attacked a second time and claimed one steamer with 4666 tons sunk, but this is not confirmed by Allied sources.
The Bronte (Master Samuel James Connolly) was taken in tow, but had to be sunk on 30 October by gunfire from HMS Walpole (D 41) (LtCdr A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN) and HMS Whirlwind (D 30) (LtCdr M.B. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) in position 50°07N/10°36W. The master and 41 crew members were picked up by HMS Walpole (D 41) and landed at Liverpool on 31 October.
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