Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Manxman (M 70)

British Cruiser-minelayer

NameHMS Manxman (M 70)
Type:Cruiser-minelayer (Abdiel)
Tonnage2,650 tons
Completed1941 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack1 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-375 (Jürgen Koenenkamp)
Position36° 39'N, 0° 15'E - Grid CH 8198
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
RouteAlgiers - Gibraltar 
History Commissioned in June 1941

1947 paid off, but recommissioned in 1951 and stationed in the Mediterranean. From 1960 to 1963, the cruiser was converted to a minesweeper support vessel at Chatham, with her speed reduced to 26 knots. The ship was then stationed in the Far East to support the 6th Minesweeping Squadron. In 1969 the vessel became a training ship for engineer officers and was paid off in 1970 after a fire. Broken up at Newport in October 1972. 
Notes on event

At 17.05 hours on 1 Dec 1942, U-375 fired a spread of four torpedoes at HMS Manxman (M 70) (Capt R.K. Dickson, DSO, RN) identified as a London class cruiser and heard two hits after 51 seconds despite the fact that the British ship was zigzagging at 21 knots. Two additional torpedoes fired at 17.41 and 18.42 hours missed. The cruiser was hit on the port side and flooding soon caused a list of 12° and disabled the ship. She was initially taken in tow by HMS Pathfinder (G 10) (Cdr E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN), escorted by HMS Eskimo (G 75) (Capt J.W.M. Eaton, DSC, DSO, RN). Later towed by HMS Restive (W 39) to Mers-el-Kebir, arriving on 2 December. Later that month towed to Gibraltar for temporary repairs. In June 1943 left Gibraltar under tow by HMS Bustler (W 72), arriving on 8 July at Newcastle-upon-Tyne for permanent repairs that took almost two years. She returned to service in April 1945, joining the British Pacific fleet.

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