Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,574 tons
Completed1936 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerGlen & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack5 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Siegfried Keller)
Position43° 50'N, 14° 46'W - Grid BE 9495
Complement29 (17 dead and 12 survivors).
RouteAlmeira - Barrow 
Cargo2300 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in September 1936 
Notes on event

At 17.45 hours on 5 March 1943, U-130 attacked convoy XK-2 northwest of Lisbon and sank four ships, the Fidra, Empire Tower, Trefusis and Ger-y-Bryn.

The master, 13 crew members and three gunners from the Fidra (Master Hugh McLarty) were lost. Nine crew members and three gunners were picked up by HMS Coreopsis (K 32) (T/Lt B.C. Hamilton, RNR), transferred to HMS Loch Oskaig (FY 175) (T/Lt G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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