Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Barbara Robertson

British A/S trawler

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NameHMS Barbara Robertson
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage325 tons
Completed1919 - Cochrane & Sons, Selby 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack28 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position58° 54'N, 6° 30'W - Grid AM 3477
Complement17 (1 dead and 16 survivors).
RouteFishing grounds off Iceland - Hull 
History Launched in December 1918 as armed trawler HMS James McDonald (No. 4244) of the Mersey class for the Admiralty, but completed in September 1919 as fishing trawler Grand Fleet (H 80) for Jutland Steam Trawling Co Ltd (Edward Cargill), Hull. 1929 registered at Grimsby (GY 44) for Crampin Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby. 1938 sold to Denmark, but registered in Leith as Barbara Robertson (LH 216) in March 1939. In September 1939 registered in Fleetwood (FD 50) for Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood, but requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an A/S trawler shortly thereafter. 
Notes on event

At 04.00 hours on 28 December 1939 the HMS Barbara Robertson (T/Skipper G.W. Edgar, RNR) was shelled and sunk by U-30 about 35 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis. The U-boat stopped the Swedish steam merchant Hispania at 04.50 hours and asked them to pick up the survivors of the armed trawler. However, the survivors were rescued after 14 hours by HMS Isis (D 87) which was directed to their lifeboat by a Gladiator aircraft and taken to Loch Ewe.

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