HMS Edgehill (X 39)
British Special service vessel
|Name||HMS Edgehill (X 39)|
|Type:||Special service vessel|
|Completed||1928 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||29 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)|
|Position||49° 27'N, 15° 25'W - Grid BE 3476|
|Complement||39 (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 grâce at 01.06 hours, but it needed a third torpedo at 01.24 hours to let the vessel sink slowly by the stern.
|On board||We have details of 68 people who were on board.|
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