British Steam tanker
|Completed||1913 - Russell & Co, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||O. Margulies, London|
|Date of attack||26 Sep 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth)|
|Position||54° 50'N, 10° 40'W - Grid AM 5740|
|Complement||34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (24 Sep) - Aruba|
|History||Built as Vitruvia 1925 renamed Luminous 1938 renamed Stratford for Pallas Oil & Trading Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
At 01.35 hours on 26 Sep 1940 the surfaced U-137 fired a G7e torpedo at the Stratford (Master James Robertson Murray) in convoy OB-218 85 miles west-southwest of Bloody Foreland. The torpedo hit in the aft part of the tanker and caused such a heavy detonation that oil and debris fell near the U-boat. The stern was seen to caught fire and settle deep before the ship finally sank. Two crew members were lost. The master and 14 crew members were picked up by HMS Gloxinia (K 22) (LtCdr A.J.C. Pomeroy) and 17 crew members by HMS Wolves (FY 158) (Skipper B. Pile).
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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