Ships hit by U-boats

St. Clair II

British Steam merchant

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NameSt. Clair II
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,753 tons
Completed1929 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack24 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)
Position30° 25'N, 23° 35'W - Grid DG 6686
Complement44 (13 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteLagos - Freetown (14 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo4029 tons of palm kernels, 3.5 tons of palm oil and 1 tons of sundries 
History Built as French Saint Clair for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Nantes. In July 1940 taken over by Britain, transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed St. Clair II
Notes on event

At 00.28 hours on 24 Sep 1941, U-67 fired the bow torpedoes at three ships in convoy SL-87 west-northwest of the Canary Islands, hit the first ship with one torpedo and saw it sinking by the stern. Twelve crew members and one gunner from St. Clair II (Master Harry Readman) were lost. The master, 26 crew members and four gunners were rescued: 26 survivors by the HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores and five survivors by HMS Lulworth (Y 60) (LtCdr C. Gwinner) and landed at Londonderry on 4 October.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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