Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage5,742 tons
Completed1921 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack25 Mar 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)
Position58° 47'N, 2° 46'W - Grid AN 1642
Complement29 (4 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteScapa Flow - Sullom Voe, Shetlands 
Cargo7600 tons of crude oil 

Completed in December 1921

At 00.15 hours on 20 Feb 1940, U-19 (Schepke) fired one torpedo at the unescorted Daghestan in 59°21N/01°48W (grid AN 1491). Schepke reported that the torpedo hit the tanker, but the torpedo exploded a few yards beyond the ship.

Notes on event

On 20 March 1940 the Daghestan (Master John Rutherford) in convoy HN-20 was bombed and lightly damaged by a German aircraft off Noss Head.

At 20.11 hours on 25 March, the Daghestan was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-57 nine miles east of Copinsay, Orkneys. The ship caught fire, was abandoned by the crew and later sank. The master, two crew members and one gunner were lost. 25 crew members were picked up by the HMS Northern Wave (FY 153) (Lt L.C. Head, RNVR) and HMS Brontes (FY 118) (Cdr T.St.V.F. Tyler, RN) and landed at Lyness, Orkneys.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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