Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,172 tons
Completed1930 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerCharlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack3 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position38° 00'N, 9° 00'W - Grid CG 5944
Complement51 (3 dead and 48 survivors).
RouteLisbon (2 Sep) - Almeira 
Notes on event

At 05.57 hours on 3 Sep 1942, U-107 attacked an unescorted convoy of five ships three miles 112° from Cape Sines near Setubal, Portugal. First the Hollinside was hit by one of two fired bow torpedoes and six minutes later the Penrose by one of two fired stern torpedoes. The Hollinside was hit by a coup de grâce at 06.26 hours and sank by the stern at 07.36 hours after a second coup de grâce at 07.32 hours had missed. The Penrose sank by the stern five minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 06.46 hours.

Three crew members from the Hollinside (Master Edgar Campling) were lost. The master, 33 crew members, eight gunners and six passengers (repatriated survivors from the Avila Star) were picked up by Spanish trawlers and landed at Lisbon.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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