Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Stanbrook at dock in Oran, Algeria during the Spanish Civil War. She just ran the blockage and rescued 2,000 Republicans.

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,383 tons
Completed1909 - Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack19 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)
Position51° 51'N, 2° 25'E - Grid AN 8713
Complement20 (20 dead - no survivors)
RouteAntwerp (18 Nov) - Blyth 
History Completed in September 1909 as Lancer 1937 renamed Stanbrook, but the same year also carried the name Polyfloisvos for a short time when used by the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. 
Notes on event

At 02.13 hours on 19 November 1939 the unescorted Stanbrook (Master Archibald Dickson) was hit on the port side in the stern by one G7a torpedo from U-57, broke in two and sank quickly west-northwest of the North Hinder Lightship. The master and 19 crew members were lost. The torpedo had been a tube runner and hit despite of being launched manually due to the short distance to the target.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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