Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,642 tons
Completed1921 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack16 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position53° 32'N, 3° 24'W - Grid AM 9324
Complement47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (16 Jan) - St. John’s, Newfoundland 
Cargo844 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1921 
Notes on event

On 16 January 1940 the Gracia in convoy OB-72 was badly damaged by a mine laid on 6 January by U-30 about 5 miles west-southwest of the Bar Light Vessel off Liverpool.

The Gracia was beached on the Newcome Knoll, later salvaged and repaired. She returned to service in February 1941 only to be bombed and sunk in convoy OB-287 by a German Fw200 aircraft about 90 miles northwest of Cape Wrath in position 59°39N/07°24W on 19 February. All 48 crew members were rescued.


Location of attack on Gracia.

ship damaged.

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