Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,598 tons
Completed1924 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerS. Marshall & Co, Sunderland 
Date of attack21 Jun 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-73 (Horst Deckert)
Position36° 53'N, 2° 22'E - Grid CH 83
Complement31 (29 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteSwansea - Gibraltar (18 Jun) - Philippeville 
Cargo2500 tons of government stores, including 800 tons of ammunition 
History Completed in July 1924 
Notes on event

At 09.30 hours on 21 June 1943 the Brinkburn (Master Norman Johnsen) in convoy TE-22 was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-73, exploded and sank immediately west of Algiers. When the U-boat later surfaced they found many damaged food cans and two 75mm shells in its transport boxes on the bridge. The master, 21 crew members and seven gunners were lost. One crew member and one gunner were rescued by landing craft and a fishing vessel and landed at Algiers.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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