Ships hit by U-boats


Kelso

British Steam merchant



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameKelso
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,956 tons
Completed1924 - Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole 
OwnerEllermanĀ“s Wilson Line Ltd, Hull 
HomeportHull 
Date of attack8 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-176 (Reiner Dierksen)
Position56° 30'N, 32° 14'W - Grid AK 0247
Complement44 (3 dead and 41 survivors).
ConvoySC-94
RouteNew York - Sydney (31 Jul) - Liverpool 
Cargo4618 tons of general cargo, including 2000 tons of ammunition 
History Completed in October 1924 
Notes on event

At 15.18 hours on 8 Aug 1942, U-176 fired two spreads each of two torpedoes at convoy SC-94 southeast of Cape Farewell and heard two hits after 1 minute 20 seconds and one hit each after 1 minute 34 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds, then sinking noises were heard. The victims were Trehata in station #51, Kelso in station #52 and the Mount Kassion in station #53.

Three crew members from the Kelso (Master Alfred Hinchcliff) were lost. The master, 34 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMCS Battleford (K 165) (T/Lt R.J. Roberts, RCNVR) and landed at Gourock.

 
On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

ship sunk.


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