British Motor merchant
|Completed||1924 - Karlhamns Skeppsvarf, Karlshamn|
|Owner||Saint Line Ltd (Rankin, Gilmour & Co), Liverpool|
|Date of attack||17 Nov 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth)|
|Position||55.40N, 08.40W - Grid AM 5289|
|Complement||18 (0 dead and 18 survivors).|
|Route||Leixoes, Portugal - Port Talbot|
|Cargo||1440 tons of pit props|
|History||Completed in June 1924 as Swedish Epoca for Rederi-A/B Eda (P.G. Thulin), Stockholm. 1932 sold to France and renamed Edouard Giraud for Société Bourbonnaise de Navigation, Le Havre. 1935 sold to Britain and renamed Saint Germain for Saint Line Ltd (Rankin, Gilmour & Co), Liverpool. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.30 hours on 17 Nov, 1940, U-137 spotted two ships from the convoy HG-46 and sank both with one torpedo each north-northwest of Tory Island. The Saint Germain was hit at 20.14 hours and the Veronica at 20.40 hours.
The Saint Germain (Master Ernest Welch Bearpark) was hit in the bow, developed a list to port and stayed afloat abandoned until she sank the next day in 55°20N/08°50W. The master and 17 crew members were picked up by HMS Mallow (K 81) (LtCdr W.B. Piggott, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.
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