Ships hit by U-boats


Irish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,203 tons
Completed1926 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerLimerick SS Co Ltd, Limerick 
Date of attack22 Aug 1941Nationality:      Irish
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position40° 43'N, 11° 39'W - Grid CG 1953
Complement33 (20 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Lisbon 
Cargo1000 tons of coal 
History Completed in April 1926 
Notes on event

At 23.31 hours on 22 August 1941, U-564 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at convoy OG-71 west of Aveiro, Portugal and observed four different detonations and three columns of fire, later lifeboats were seen. Suhren thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others. However, only two ships were hit and sunk, the Empire Oak and Clonlara.

The Clonlara (Master Joseph Reynolds) had picked up 13 survivors from Alva on 19 August. The master, ten crew members and nine survivors were lost. Eight crew members and five survivors were picked up by HMS Campion (K 108) (LtCdr A. Johnson, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar on 24 August.

On boardWe have details of 21 people who were on board

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