Ships hit by U-boats

Loch Maddy

British Steam merchant

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NameLoch Maddy
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,996 tons
Completed1934 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerMaclay & McIntyre Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack22 Feb 1940Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position - Grid AN 1651
Complement39 (4 dead and 35 survivors).
ConvoyHX-19 (straggler)
RouteVancouver - Victoria BC - Panama - Halifax (7 Feb) - Leith 
Cargo2000 tons of wheat, 6000 tons of timber and aircraft 
Notes on event

At 18.09 hours on 21 Feb 1940 the Loch Maddy (Master William James Park), a straggler from convoy HX-19, was hit by one torpedo from U-57 (Korth) amidships and was abandoned 92 miles south-southwest of Rockall. Four crew members were lost. The master and 34 crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Diana (H 49) (LtCdr E.G. Le Geyt) and landed at Scapa Flow.

At 01.07 hours on 22 February, the drifting Loch Maddy was hit by a coup de grâce from U-23 and broke in two 20 miles 70° from Copinsay, Orkneys. The bow section sank, but the stern section was taken in tow by the British rescue tug HMS St. Mellons (W 81) (Lt H. King) and beached in the Inganess Bay, Orkneys. The cargo was salved and the vessel declared a total loss.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

Attack entries for Loch Maddy

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
21 Feb 1940U-57Kptlt. Claus KorthDamaged4,996  
22 Feb 1940U-23Kptlt. Otto KretschmerTotal loss4,996  

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