Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2270

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,415 tons
Completed1933 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-75 (Helmuth Ringelmann)
Position53° 26'N, 15° 40'W - Grid AM 7151
Complement42 (3 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteLagos - Freetown (15 Jul) - Liverpool 
Cargo8000 tons of West African produce 
History Completed in January 1933 
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 two ships hit were the Harlingen and the Cape Rodney.

Three crew members from the Harlingen (Master Jack Willingham) were lost. The master, 34 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Hydrangea (K 39) (T/Lt J.E. Woolfendon, RNR) and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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