Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam trawler

Photo courtesy of Bob Dawson

Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage287 tons
Completed1909 - Smith’s Dock Co, North Shields 
OwnerAlexander Keay, Fleetwood 
Date of attack21 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)
Position55° 51'N, 8° 15'W - Grid AM 5348
Complement12 (5 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteFleetwood - Klondyke fishing grounds 
History Completed in March 1909 as Sulby (FD 87) for The Wyre Steam Trawling Co Ltd (Richard C. Ward & John N. Ward & Son), Fleetwood. In August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty as M/S trawler and returned to owner in 1919. 1933 sold to Alexander Keay, Fleetwood. 
Notes on event

Between 08.30 and 09.20 hours on 21 November 1939, U-33 sank the Sulby and William Humphries about 75 miles northwest of Rathlin, each with about 5 rounds from the deck gun after firing a warning shot.

The crew of Sulby (Skipper Clarence Hector Hudson) abandoned ship in two lifeboats in gale force winds, but the boat containing the master and four crew members was never seen again. The seven survivors in the other boat were rescued by the Tobermory Lifeboat on 23 November.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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