Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,812 tons
Completed1922 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerWalter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack1 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-71 (Walter Flachsenberg)
Position37° 33'N, 68° 18'W - Grid CA 6997
Complement52 (16 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteSavannah - Halifax - UK 
Cargo7500 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1922 
Notes on event

At 04.03 hours on 1 April 1942 the unescorted Eastmoor (Master James Basil Rodgers) was hit aft by one torpedo from U-71 and sank after twelve minutes about 600 miles east of Hampton Roads. The ship had been spotted about 90 minutes earlier and missed with the first two torpedoes at 03.03 and 03.31 hours. The master, 12 crew members and three gunners were lost. 29 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British steam merchant Calgary and landed at Capetown.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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