Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,265 tons
Completed1921 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack12 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-706 (Alexander von Zitzewitz)
Position54° 25'N, 27° 42'W - Grid AL 4477
Complement49 (49 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-136 (straggler)
RouteSwansea - Belfast Lough - Boston 
Cargo6000 tons of coal 
History Completed in March 1921 as Norwegian Stornes for Skips A/S Fagernes (H.J. Hansen), Kristiania. 1921 sold to Britain and renamed Stornest for John Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
Notes on event

At 04.05 hours on 12 October 1942, U-706 fired a torpedo at the unescorted Stornest (Master Henry Ottey Smith) west of Ireland and observed a hit under the aft mast after 34 seconds. The ship was a straggler from convoy ONS-136 due to heavy weather. The master, 38 crew members and ten gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 49 people who were on board

Location of attack on Stornest.

ship sunk.

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