British Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||12 Apr 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)|
|Position||Grid AF 7829|
|Complement||37 (21 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||Narvik - Middlesbrough - Immingham|
|Cargo||7200 tons of iron ore|
|History||Built as Dornoch, 1937 sold to Lambert Brothers Ltd, London and renamed Huncliffe. 1939 sold to J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London and renamed Stancliffe. |
|Notes on loss|
At 09.42 hours on 12 Apr, 1940, the unescorted Stancliffe (Master Henry Herbert Sudbury) was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-37 and sank after loosing the bow 45 miles northeast of Muckle Flugga, Shetlands. The master and 20 crew members were lost. The U-boat went alongside of a lifeboat and took a man aboard for questioning. He was allowed to return to the boat with cigarettes and a bottle of rum. The 16 crew members in the lifeboat made landfall at Haroldswick, Unst Island, Shetlands.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 22 people who were on this vessel|
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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