Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,381 tons
Completed1922 - AG Weser, Bremen 
OwnerJames Currie & Co Ltd, Leith 
Date of attack21 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position47° 00'N, 22° 00'W - Grid BE 4944
Complement26 (26 dead - no survivors)
RouteClyde - Lisbon - Gibraltar 
Cargo912 tons of coal and bags of mail 
History Completed in December 1922 as Altengamme for Schlüter & Maack, Hamburg. 1926 sold to Britain and renamed Rhineland for James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith. 
Notes on event

At 23.20 and 23.21 hours on 21 Sep 1941, U-201 fired torpedoes at convoy OG-74 about 800 miles north-northeast of the Azores and reported two ships sunk. The ships hit were Lissa and Rhineland.

The Rhineland (Master John Thorburn Gilroy) was sunk by a coup de grâce at 23.41 hours. The master, 22 crew members and three gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 26 people who were on board

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