Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,478 tons
Completed1925 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam 
OwnerGlen & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack21 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-15 (Heinz Buchholz)
Position - Grid AN 5856
Complement15 (11 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteTyne - Bordeaux 
Cargo2100 tons of coal 
Notes on event

On 21 Oct 1939 the Orsa (Master Alexander Simpson) struck a mine laid on 5 September by U-15 and sank about 15 miles 150° from Flamborough Head. Eleven crew members were lost. The master and three crew members were picked up by HMS Woolston (L 49) (LtCdr W.J. Phipps) and landed at Roysth.

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