Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,473 tons
Completed1910 - Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerJames Currie & Co Ltd, Leith 
Date of attack10 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position36° 10'N, 16° 38'W - Grid CF 9645
Complement54 (53 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteVila Real, Portugal - Oban - Leith 
Cargo1800 tons of pyrites and sulphur 
History Completed in March 1910 
Notes on event

At 06.33 hours on 10 February 1941, U-37 fired two G7e torpedoes at a big tanker in convoy HG-53 west of Gibraltar but missed and heard later two detonations. Clausen thought that he had hit two other ships in convoy. In fact, the Brandenburg (Master William Henderson) was hit by both torpedoes and sank immediately. The master, 21 crew members and one gunner were lost. The day before, the ship had picked up 31 survivors from Courland and all except one were lost in the second sinking. The sole survivor was picked up by HMS Velox (D 34) (LtCdr E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar.

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