Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Washington

British M/S trawler

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NameHMS Washington
Type:M/S trawler
Tonnage209 tons
Completed1909 - Cochrane & Sons, Selby 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack6 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald J├╝rst)
Position52° 40'N, 1° 45'E - Grid AN 7635
Complement8 (7 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteGrimsby - Great Yarmouth 
History Completed in August 1909 as steam trawler Washington (GY 468) for Premier Steam Fishing Co, Grisby. In December 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as minesweeping trawler HMS Washington (No. 833). Returned to civil use in April 1919 with The Overseas Steam Fishing Co (Beeley & Sleight Ltd), Grimsby. In September 1938 sold to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd (Sir Alex Black Bart), Grimsby. Requisitioned again by the Admiralty on 27 November 1939. 
Notes on event

At 10.32 hours on 6 December 1939 HMS Washington (Skipper J.A. Jennison, RNR) struck a mine, laid on 5 December by U-59 and sank off Caister-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth. The trawler was en route to be fitted out as minesweeping trawler in Great Yarmouth after being requisitioned.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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