Ships hit by U-boats

Tower Grange

British Motor merchant

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NameTower Grange
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,226 tons
Completed1940 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerCounties Ship Management Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-154 (Heinrich Schuch)
Position6° 20'N, 49° 10'W - Grid EP 5423
Complement47 (6 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Capetown (27 Oct) - Trinidad - UK 
Cargo8332 tons of general cargo, including 1800 tons of manganese ore 
Notes on event

At 07.01 hours on 18 Nov 1942 the unescorted Tower Grange (Master William Henry Williamson) was hit by two torpedoes from U-154 about 250 miles northeast of Cayenne, French Guiana and sank by the stern after about 20 minutes. The U-boat had first spotted the ship at 08.34 hours the day before, but her zigzag course prevented an attack during the day. The vessel was lost in a rain squall shortly before midnight for about three hours and then evaded a spread of three torpedoes at 06.39 hours before being hit by a second spread. Four crew members and two gunners were lost. On 23 November, the master and 29 survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Castalia and four days later landed at Trinidad. On 25 November, the chief officer and ten survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Baron Belhaven and landed at Trinidad.

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