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||55° 51'N, 10° 55'W - Grid AM 5157|
|Complement||39 (39 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Cardiff (23 Aug) - Milford Haven (28 Aug) - Buenos Aires|
|Cargo||7465 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in November 1929 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.06 hours on 31 August 1940, U-59 fired a spread of two G7e 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 on the port side ahead of amidships, immediately developed a heavy list to port and sank by the bow in 5 minutes with the stern raising vertically out of the water. 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.|
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