British Steam tanker
|Completed||1919 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||8 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)|
|Position||49° 18'N, 8° 13'W - Grid BF 1673|
|Complement||22 (0 dead and 22 survivors).|
|Route||Aruba - Avonmouth|
|Cargo||7000 tons of fuel oil|
|History||In August 1919 completed as War Mogul for Shipping Controller, managed by Anglo-American Oil Co, London. 1920 sold by the manager and renamed Kennebec. |
|Notes on event|
On 8 Sep 1939 the unescorted Kennebec was stopped by U-34 with two shots across her bow about 70 miles west by south of the Scilly Isles. After the crew abandoned ship in lifeboats, the tanker was hit by a coup de grâce at 18.13 hours and broke in two. The next day, parts of the wreck were sunk by gunfire by the HMS Verity (D 63) (LtCdr A.R.M. Black). The 22 crew members were picked up by the Breedijk and landed at Milford Haven on 10 September.
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