Ships hit by U-boats

Rudyard Kipling

British Steam trawler

Photo Courtesy of Frank Pook

NameRudyard Kipling
Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage333 tons
Completed1921 - Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby 
OwnerSun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood 
Date of attack16 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-27 (Johannes Franz)
Position53° 50'N, 11° 10'W - Grid AM 5776
Complement13 (0 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteFleetwood - fishing grounds 
History Completed in February 1921
Registration code: FD 33 
Notes on event

At 15.53 hours on 16 Sep 1939 the Rudyard Kipling was sunk by scuttling charges from U-27 about 100 miles west of Donegal, Ireland. The Germans took the crew on board, provided them with food and warm clothes and towed their lifeboats towards land. After eight hours the men were placed back in the boats within five miles from the Irish coast.


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