Ships hit by U-boats


Arlita

British Steam trawler


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NameArlita
Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage326 tons
Completed1916 - Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby 
OwnerJ. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood 
HomeportFleetwood 
Date of attack18 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-35 (Werner Lott)
Position57.51N, 09.28W - Grid AM 2823
Complement11 (0 dead and 11 survivors).
Convoy
RouteFleetwood - Fishing grounds 
Cargo 
History Registration code: FD 188 
Notes on event

At 13.19 hours on 18 Sep, 1939, U-35 came across the British steam trawler St. Alvis west of the Hebrides. Lott noticed that the 13 men of the crew could never reach land in the overloaded lifeboat, so he allowed the trawler to proceed after they thrown the radio equipment overboard. In return, the U-boat was warned about the presence of HMS Ark Royal (91) in the area and Lott was asked by the master of the trawler to tell him the name of the commander to report his behaviour to the government, but he refused.

Later that day, the U-boat stopped a group of three trawlers west-northwest of St.Kilda. First the Arlita was sunk by gunfire at 18.48 hours, followed by the Lord Minto at 19.00 hours. The third trawler, Nancy Hague, was allowed to proceed after taking over the crews of the other vessels.

 

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