British Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||7 Apr 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)|
|Position||35° 07'N, 75° 19'W - Grid CA 7969|
|Complement||53 (12 dead and 41 survivors).|
|Route||Galveston, Texas - Halifax - UK|
|Cargo||10.000 tons of benzine|
|History||Completed in February 1931 |
|Notes on event|
At 04.17 hours on 7 April 1942 the British Splendour (Master John Hall), escorted by HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) (Lt J.K. Craig, RNVR) and HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176) (Cdr J.A. Shater, (Rtd), RN), was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 11 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 35 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.
|On board||We have details of 13 people who were on board.|
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