Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Ellesmere (FY 204)

British A/S trawler

NameHMS Ellesmere (FY 204)
Type:A/S trawler (Lake)
Tonnage580 tons
Completed1939 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack24 Feb 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-1203 (Sigurd Seeger)
Position49° 04'N, 5° 31'W - Grid BF 2811
Complement37 (37 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyAppFlt Q
RoutePlymouth (24 Feb) - Gibraltar 
History Launched in June 1939 as Norwegian whaler Kos XXIV for Anders Jahre, Sandefjord. On 26 August 1939 purchased by the Admiralty and completed as A/S trawler HMS Ellesmere (FY 204) in October 1939. 
Notes on event

At 23.40 hours on 24 February 1945 HMS Ellesmere (FY 204) (Lt T.H. Lloyd-Jones, RNVR) was hit by a Gnat torpedo from U-1203 about 60 miles northwest of Brest. The armed trawler was escorting Appian Flight Q, a convoy of 21 landing craft en route to Malta, off its port bow when the vessel disappeared in a violent explosion. HMS Bideford (U 43) (A/LtCdr A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR), the only other escort of convoy and HMS LCI(L)-299 (Lt C.T. Doyle, RNVR) immediately investigated the sinking position but no survivors were found, only splintered rafts and an upturned whaler were seen.

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