Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,884 tons
Completed1927 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerHalford Constants Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-561 (Robert Bartels)
Position43° 00'N, 17° 00'W - Grid CF 3513
Complement26 (0 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteArdrossan - Huelva, Spain 
History Built as Ramshope 1929 renamed Firtree 1935 renamed Wrotham 
Notes on event

At 04.24 hours on 28 July 1941, U-561 fired three torpedoes at convoy OG-69 west of Cape Finisterre and observed a hit and flames on a large tanker, a hit on a freighter that sank in 30 seconds and thought that they hit a third ship in convoy. However, only the Wrotham (Master James Gordon Davies) was hit and sunk. The master, 22 crew members and three gunners were picked up by HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122) (Lt A. Collins) and HMS Rhododendron (K 78) (SubLt R.H. Towersey) and landed at Gibraltar.

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