Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,775 tons
Completed1923 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerWalter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack31 May 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position49° 43'N, 3° 23'W - Grid BF 2655
Complement40 (18 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteBona - Tyne 
Cargo8150 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in March 1923 
Notes on event

At 14.02 hours on 31 May 1940 the Orangemoor (Master Robert Edward Richardson) in convoy HG-31F was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-101 and sank within a short time southwest of Roches Doures. 18 crew members were lost. The master and 21 crew members were picked up by the Brandenburg and landed at London.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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