Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,532 tons
Completed1941 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerFederal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack7 Nov 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position53° 24'N, 31° 51'W - Grid AK 8324
Complement62 (62 dead - no survivors)
RouteGlasgow - New York 
CargoGeneral cargo, including whisky 

Completed in October 1941

Notes on event

At 22.34 hours on 7 Nov 1941 the unescorted Nottingham (Master Francis Cecil Pretty, OBE, DSC), on her maiden voyage, was hit in the stern by a stern torpedo from U-74 about 550 miles southeast of Cape Farewell after she tried to ram the U-boat. At 22.50 hours, the ship was missed by a spread of two torpedoes because she stopped, but sank after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 22.59 hours. The crew was seen to abandon ship in lifeboats, but they were never seen again. The master, 55 crew members and six gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 62 people who were on board

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