Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Edgehill (X 39)

British Special service vessel

West Lynn before her conversion to HMS Edgehill (X 39). Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameHMS Edgehill (X 39)
Type:Special service vessel
Tonnage4,724 tons
Completed1928 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack29 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)
Position49° 27'N, 15° 25'W - Grid BE 3476
Complement39 (15 dead and 24 survivors).
History Built as motor merchant West Lynn (4702 tons) 1931 renamed Willamette Valley for Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff.
On 17 Sep 1939 requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to a decoy ship, commissioned as special service vessel (SSV) HMS Edgehill (X 39).
The ship had a concealed armament of nine 4in guns and four torpedo tubes and carried a buoyant cargo to help keep her afloat if hit. 
Notes on event

At 00.12 hours on 29 June 1940 the HMS Edgehill (X 39) was hit by one torpedo from U-51 amidships and stopped but did not sink due to her buoyant cargo. The U-boat surfaced and fired a coup de grĂ¢ce at 01.06 hours, but it needed a third torpedo at 01.24 hours to let the vessel sink slowly by the stern.

On boardWe have details of 68 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Edgehill (X 39).

ship sunk.

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