British Steam tanker
|Completed||1920 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Tankers Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||28 Apr 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-13 (Max-Martin Schulte)|
|Position||58° 41'N, 4° 40'W - Grid AN 1545|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad (25 Mar) - Halifax (10 Apr) - Scapa Flow|
|Cargo||9491 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in August 1920|
|Notes on event|
At 01.29 hours on 28 April 1940 the Scottish American was hit by one torpedo from U-13 and caught fire west of Pentland Firth. The U-boat had fired its last torpedo and left the tanker with the fore ship deep in the water, but the ship was towed to Loch Eribol by the British decoy ship Looe and the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Reward, screened by HMS Delight (H 38) (Cdr M. Fogg-Elliott, RN), HMS Diana (H 49) (LtCdr E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Imperial (D 09) (LtCdr C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN).
8200 tons of oil were transferred to the British motor tanker Oil Pioneer until 2 May. On 5 May, the Scottish American was towed for four days to the Tyne by the HMS St. Mellons (W 81), escorted by HMS Juniper (T 123) (LtCdr G.S. Grenfell, RN). The tanker was repaired at North Shields and returned to service in August 1940.
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