Ships hit by U-boats

Scottish American

British Steam tanker

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameScottish American
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,999 tons
Completed1920 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerTankers Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Apr 1940Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-13 (Max-Martin Schulte)
Position58° 41'N, 4° 40'W - Grid AN 1545
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteTrinidad (25 Mar) - Halifax (10 Apr) - Scapa Flow 
Cargo9491 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in August 1920

1949 renamed Fairwater for Tidewater Commercial. Broken up at Trieste in January 1954.

Notes on event

At 01.29 hours on 28 April 1940 the Scottish American was hit by one torpedo from U-13 and caught fire west of Pentland Firth. The U-boat had fired its last torpedo and left the tanker with the fore ship deep in the water, but the ship was towed to Loch Eribol by the British decoy ship Looe and the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Reward, screened by HMS Delight (H 38) (Cdr M. Fogg-Elliott, RN), HMS Diana (H 49) (LtCdr E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Imperial (D 09) (LtCdr C.A.deW. Kitcat, RN).

8200 tons of oil were transferred to the British motor tanker Oil Pioneer until 2 May. On 5 May, the Scottish American was towed for four days to the Tyne by the HMS St. Mellons (W 81), escorted by HMS Juniper (T 123) (LtCdr G.S. Grenfell, RN). The tanker was repaired at North Shields and returned to service in August 1940.


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