British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Lyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||5 Aug 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-75 (Helmuth Ringelmann)|
|Position||53° 26'N, 15° 40'W - Grid AM 7151|
|Complement||39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Lagos - Freetown (15 Jul) - London|
|Cargo||7320 tons of palm kernels, groundnuts and manganese ore|
|Notes on event|
At 05.20 hours on 5 Aug 1941, U-75 attacked convoy SL-81 west of Ireland and observed a column of fire and water after a first hit and a column of water after a second hit. Ringelmann then had to dive and was not able to make further observations.
The Cape Rodney (Master Peter Allan Wallace) was taken in tow by the tug HMS Zwarte Zee (W 163) two days later in 52°11N/14°42W. On 9 August, the ship foundered west of Ushant in 52°44N/11°41W. The master, 31 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British corvette HMS Hydrangea (K 39) (Lt J.E. Woolfenden) and landed at Gourock. Three crew members were picked up by the corvette HMS Zinnia (K 98) (LtCdr C.G. Cuthberston) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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