Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,815 tons
Completed1925 - Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack10 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position52° 53'N, 1° 51'E - Grid AN 7633
Complement36 (0 dead and 36 survivors).
ConvoyHG-9 (dispersed)
RouteBona - Middlesbrough 
Cargo7850 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in May 1925 
Notes on event

At 16.00 hours on 10 Dec 1939 the Willowpool (Master Norman Joseph Oliver), dispersed from convoy HG-9, struck a mine, laid on 21 November by U-20 3 miles east from Newarp Lightship and sank in 52°52´48N/01°51´12E. The master and 35 crew members were picked up by the Gorleston lifeboat.


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