Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,869 tons
Completed1939 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerHalford Constants Ltd, London 
Date of attack19 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position38° 20'N, 17° 15'W - Grid CF 6815
Complement41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteLisbon - Oban 
Cargo820 tons of chemicals, 620 tons of wood, 638 tons of foodstuffs and 51 tons of base metal 
History Completed in December 1939 
Notes on event

At 06.15 hours on 19 Dec 1941, U-108 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy HG-76 west of Lisbon, observed a flash on one ship and a large column of black smoke and heard two detonations. Scholtz reported two ships of 5000 grt each sunk, but only the Ruckinge (Master William Albert Ross) in station #11 was damaged by one torpedo and later shelled and sunk by HMS Samphire (K 128) (LtCdr F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR). Two crew members were lost. The master, the chief officer, 10 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Stork (L 81) (Cdr F.J. Walker, RN) and landed at Devonport. 18 crew members, four gunners and three passengers were picked up by the British steam merchant Finland from the same convoy.

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