Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam trawler

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Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage250 tons
Completed1914 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerNorth Star Steam Fishing Co, Aberdeen 
Date of attack20 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)
Position55° 27'N, 8° 25'W - Grid AM 5611
Complement13 (0 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteFleetwood - fishing grounds 
History Registration code: A 126 
Notes on event

On 20 November 1939, U-33 sank three trawlers with about five rounds from the deck gun each near Tory Island: At 10.30 hours the Thomas Hankins 14 miles northwest of Tory, at 16.00 hours the Delphine 18 miles north-northeast of Tory and at 17.05 hours the Sea Sweeper 25 miles west-northwest of Tory.

The crew of Delphine (Master C.J. Coxhall) made landfall at Malin Head in the afternoon on 21 November. Apparently a hole in their lifeboat was blocked by the chief engineer with his foot for 22 hours.


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