Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,195 tons
Completed1941 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerR. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-334 (Hilmar Siemon)
Position74° 54'N, 37° 40'E - Grid AC 2861
Complement52 (0 dead and 52 survivors).
ConvoyPQ-17 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Reykjavik (27 Jun) - Archangel 
Cargo2005 tons of military stores and 195 vehicles, 33 aircraft and a steam launch as deck cargo 
History Completed in October 1941 
Notes on event

On 5 July 1942 the unescorted Earlston (Master Hilmar John Stenwich, DSC), dispersed on 4 July from convoy PQ-17, was damaged by bombs from German Ju88 aircraft of III./KG 30 based at Banak, Norway.

At 17.47 hours the same day, U-334 sank the ship with two coups de grĂ¢ce northeast of North Cape. The master and three gunners were taken prisoner. The second officer and 20 survivors landed on the Rabachi Pensulina after seven days. The chief officer and 26 survivors landed on Norwegian-occupied territory.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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