Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,509 tons
Completed1917 - J. Blumer & Co Ltd, North Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerConnell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack17 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position56° 09'N, 12° 30'W - Grid AM 4355
Complement33 (12 dead and 21 survivors).
ConvoyOA-184 (straggler)
RouteMiddlesbrough - Sydney CB 
History Completed in February 1917 as Clifftower for Hansen Shipping Co Ltd (Hansen Bros), London. 1925 renamed Wynburn for Wyn Shipping Co Ltd (W.A. Young & Co), London. 1932 renamed Blairbeg for George Nisbet & Co, Glasgow. 1940 renamed Fellside for Connell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
Notes on event

At 10.40 hours on 17 July 1940 the Fellside (Master John Thomas Nelson), a straggler from convoy OA-184, was hit underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-43 and sank by the bow after 5 minutes about 135 miles northwest of Bloody Foreland. A first G7e torpedo fired two minutes earlier had passed under the vessel without detonating. The master and 20 crew members were rescued and landed at Liverpool.

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