British Steam merchant
|Completed||1937 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland|
|Owner||Hall Brothers SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||5 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)|
|Position||46.23N, 14.59W - Grid BE 6473|
|Complement||33 (1 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Rosario - Belfast|
|Cargo||Wheat and maize|
|History||Completed in December 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 12.00 hours on 5 Sep, 1939, U-48 opened fire with the deck gun for 25 minutes at the unescorted Royal Sceptre (Master James William Gair) about 300 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The ship had sent distress signals when the U-boat was sighted and tried to escape. She was sunk by a coup de grâce at 13.38 hours after the crew had abandoned ship in the lifeboats. The master was killed and nine crew members were wounded by gunfire. The Petrofina and the Danish motor ship Erria heard the distress signals and searched for survivors, but they had been picked up by the Browning and landed at Bahia, Brazil on 26 September. The ship had been stopped by the U-boat at 15.05 hours the same day. The crew first abandoned ship in panic, but they were ordered to reboard their vessel and to pick up the survivors of Royal Sceptre.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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