British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Alexander Capper & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||31 Aug 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-59 (Joachim Matz)|
|Position||Grid AM 5157|
|Complement||39 (39 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Cardiff (23 Aug) - Milford Haven (28 Aug) - Buenos Aires|
|Cargo||7465 tons of coal|
Completed in November 1929
|Notes on event|
At 02.06 hours on 31 Aug, 1940, U-59 fired a spread of two torpedoes at a ship in a group of three freighters which were dispersed from convoy OB-205 on 30 August. The ship was hit by both torpedoes and sank by the bow in 5 minutes. This was most likely the Bibury (Master James Ellerby Hunter) that was reported missing after the convoy was dispersed. The master, 37 crew members and one gunner were lost. For a long time it was thought that she had been sunk by a German raider, but the body of a crew member was washed ashore at Tobermory on 21 September.
|On board||We have details of 39 people who were on board.|
* 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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