Ships hit by U-boats

Kingston Hill

British Steam merchant

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NameKingston Hill
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,628 tons
Completed1940 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCounties Ship Management Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position9° 35'N, 29° 40'W - Grid ER 3758
Complement62 (14 dead and 48 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Glasgow - Capetown - Alexandria 
Cargo8300 tons of coal and 400 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in December 1940

On 22 Feb 1941, the Kingston Hill (Master Walter Edwin Niven) in convoy OB-288 was damaged by bombs from a German aircraft in 59°44N/12°33W. The master was killed in the attack and the ship had to be towed to Loch Ewe by HMS Thames, arriving on 25 February. The ship was repaired at Glasgow and returned to service. 
Notes on event

At 01.08 hours on 8 June 1941 the unescorted Kingston Hill was hit by two torpedoes from U-38 and sank slowly southwest of the Cape Verde Islands after the last torpedo proved to be a dud at 01.25 hours. Twelve crew members and two gunners were lost. 16 crew members were picked up by HMS Achates (H 12) (LtCdr Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and landed at Greenock. 26 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the American steam tanker Alabama and landed at Capetown.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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