Ships hit by U-boats

King Malcolm

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameKing Malcolm
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,120 tons
Completed1925 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerDodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-106 (Hermann Rasch)
Position51° 09'N, 27° 15'W - Grid AK 9985
Complement38 (38 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-50 (straggler)
RouteHaifa - Sydney, CB (17 Oct) - Belfast - Garston 
History Laid down as River St. Lawrence, completed in December 1925 as King Malcolm 
Notes on event

At 07.19 hours on 28 October 1941 U-106 fired a spread of two G7a torpedoes at an unescorted eastbound freighter of 5000 grt about 630 miles west of Ireland and reported that the ship sank within three minutes after being struck on starboard side by the first one. The second torpedo missed astern as it was fired unaimed by mistake.

The target must have been King Malcolm (Master James Wilson) which had been in convoy SC-50, but straggled and was reported missing after being last seen on 21 October east of St. John’s, Newfoundland in position 47°40N/51°15W. The master, 33 crew members and four gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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