Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,637 tons
Completed1936 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerWatts, Watts & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Jan 1945Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-870 (Ernst Hechler)
Position35° 49'N, 6° 03'W - Grid CG
Complement51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteGreenock - Manchester - Augusta - Ancona 
CargoMilitary stores 
History Completed in July 1936 
Notes on event

At 16.03 hours on 10 Jan 1945 the Blackheath (Master John Norman Garrett) in convoy KMS-76 (convoy was combined with OS-102) was torpedoed and damaged by U-870 west of Gibraltar. She was set aground two miles south of Cape Spartel, Morocco, but broke in tow and was declared a total loss. The master, 41 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by HMS Ballinderry (K 255) (LtCdr E.F. Aikman, RNR) and HMS Kilbernie (Z 01) (Lt C.T. Letts, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar.

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