Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,897 tons
Completed1940 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack26 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position5° 30'N, 14° 04'W - Grid ET 6715
Complement44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteHaifa - Lourenço Marques (3 Aug) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo3209 tons of general cargo and 5000 tons of potash 
History Completed in January 1940 
Notes on event

At 11.24 hours on 26 Aug 1942 the unescorted Beechwood (Master Samuel James Dring) was hit fore and amidships by two G7e torpedoes from U-130 and sank capsizing to port south of Monrovia. One crew member was lost. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 12 September and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 36 crew members, five gunners and one stowaway were picked up by the RFA fleet oiler Fortol (Master Herbert Walker Flint) and landed at Freetown.

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