Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,407 tons
Completed1929 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCrest Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position53° 00'N, 17° 00'W - Grid AL 3981
Complement41 (35 dead and 6 survivors).
ConvoyOB-244 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - New York 
History Built as Yugoslavian Korana for Prekomorska Plovidba DD, Zagreb. 1940 taken over by Britain and renamed Oakcrest by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 04.16 hours on 23 Nov 1940 the Oakcrest (Master Samuel George Dyer), a straggler from convoy OB-244, was hit underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-123 and sank within six minutes about 250 miles west of Rockall. The master and 34 crew members were lost. Six survivors landed on Barra Island, Hebrides.

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Location of attack on Oakcrest.

ship sunk.

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