Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam trawler

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Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage275 tons
Completed1917 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerBoston Deep Sea Fishing Co, Fleetwood 
Date of attack12 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-41 (Gustav-Adolf Mugler)
Position - Grid AM 3542
Complement13 (6 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteFleetwood - Flannan Isles 
History Built as armed trawler HMS William Beatty of the Castle-class for the Admiralty. Sold to the fishing industry on 4 May 1920 and renamed Cresswell. Registration code: M 129 
Notes on event

At 07.00 hours on 12 Nov 1939 the Cresswell was stopped by gunfire from U-41 while fishing 18 miles northwest by west of Flannan Isles, Outer Hebrides. The Germans ordered the crew to abandon ship and they then shelled and sunk the trawler from some distance, suspecting a Q-ship. Eight survivors were picked up by the U-boat, but one died of wounds and was buried at sea. Mugler planned to put them on another ship later on.

At 09.55 hours, they witnessed the sinking of the Arne Kjøde and were transferred to the British trawler Phyllisia at 16.42 hours.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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