Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,640 tons
Completed1929 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack4 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-89 (Dietrich Lohmann)
Position57° 24'N, 35° 54'W - Grid AK 1926
Complement47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteHalifax (27 Oct) - London 
Cargo8500 tons of grain, tanks and motor parts 
History Completed in November 1929 as Kitty Taylor for Lambert Brothers Ltd, London. 1934 renamed Daleby for Sir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. 
Notes on event

At 22.35 hours on 4 Nov 1942, U-89 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the ships of convoy SC-107 about 290 miles east-southeast of Cape Farewell. One of the torpedoes hit and sank the Daleby (Master John Edward Elsdon) in station #11. The master, 39 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the Icelandic steam merchant BrĂșarfoss and landed at Reykjavik. The survivors were both in lifeboats and onboard the sinking ship, the rescue thus was difficult and ten crew members and one passenger were commended for it.

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