Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,831 tons
Completed1932 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 May 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position48° 59'N, 5° 17'W - Grid BF 2733
Complement37 (1 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteTownsville, Queensland - Liverpool 
Cargo7630 tons of raw sugar and 350 tons of onions 
History Completed in August 1932 as Kepwickhall for West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. 1938 renamed Stanhall for J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 19.25 hours on 30 May 1940 the unescorted Stanhall (Master William Ewart Herbert) was hit on the starboard side under the bridge by one torpedo from U-101 and sank within eleven minutes 35 miles north-northwest of Ushant. One crew member was lost. The master and 35 crew members were picked up by Temple Moat and landed at Weymouth.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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