Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2570

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,751 tons
Completed1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJ.J. Thomas & Co Ltd (Bute Docks), Cardiff 
Date of attack17 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-25 (Viktor Sch├╝tze)
Position61° 00'N, 1° 00'W - Grid AF 7887
Complement37 (37 dead - no survivors)
RouteNarvik - Middlesbrough 
CargoIron ore 
History Completed in July 1929 
Notes on event

At 11.56 hours on 17 January 1940, U-25 spotted two steamers 6-7 miles north of Muckle Flugga, Shetland Isles and fired one torpedo at 12.35 hours that missed the first ship, the Enid. 20 minutes later, another torpedo was fired at the second ship, the Polzella (Master James Harburn Thompson), which was hit on the port side near the bridge and sank in 12 seconds with the loss of the master, 35 crew members and one gunner. The other ship went to her assistance and the order was given to lower the boats, but the U-boat surfaced and subsequently sank her.

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