Ships hit by U-boats

Clan Alpine

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameClan Alpine
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,442 tons
Completed1918 - Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
Date of attack13 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position42° 45'N, 13° 31'W - Grid CG 1218
Complement94 (28 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (6 Mar) - Walvis Bay, South West Africa - Port Sudan 
Cargo11,317 tons of general cargo, including army and naval stores 
History Completed in April 1918 
Notes on event

At 05.30 hours on 13 March 1943, U-107 attacked convoy OS-44 190 miles west of Cape Finisterre and reported hits on three ships. In fact, four ships were hit, the Clan Alpine, Marcella, Oporto and Sembilangan.

The Clan Alpine (Master Joseph Henry Crellin) was later scuttled by HMS Scarborough (L 25) (LtCdr E.B. Carnduff, RN) with depth charges. 28 crew members were lost. The master, 56 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by the sloop, transferred to the British steam merchant Pendeen and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 28 people who were on board

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