Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,511 tons
Completed1936 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack12 Apr 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position61° 39'N, 0° 07'W - Grid AF 7834
Complement38 (22 dead and 16 survivors).
RouteNarvik - Middlesbrough - Immingham 
Cargo7200 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in June 1936 as Dornoch for Dornoch Shipping Co Ltd (Lambert Bros Ltd), Glasgow. 1937 renamed Huncliffe for Primrose Hill SS Co Ltd (Lambert Bros Ltd), London. 1939 renamed Stancliffe for J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 09.42 hours on 12 April 1940 the unescorted Stancliffe (Master Henry Herbert Sudbury) was hit on the starboard side just ahead of the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-37 about 50 miles north-northeast of Muckle Flugga, Shetlands. The ship sank within 8 minutes after the foreship had broke off. The master and 21 crew members were lost. The U-boat went alongside of a lifeboat and took a man aboard for questioning. He was allowed to return to the boat with cigarettes and a bottle of rum. The 16 crew members in the lifeboat made landfall at Haroldswick, Unst Island, Shetlands.

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