British Motor merchant
|Completed||1939 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||R.E. Morel & Co Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||1 Jul 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)|
|Position||47° 20'N, 10° 30'W - Grid BF 4421|
|Complement||117 (6 dead and 111 survivors).|
|Route||Freemantle - Freetown (15 Jun) - Newcastle|
|Cargo||8816 tons of wheat|
|Notes on event|
At 00.23 hours on 1 July 1940, U-30 attacked convoy SL-36 about 300 miles west of Ushant and claimed the sinking of one ship with 7900 tons. This claim is not confirmed by Allied reports. At 04.00 hours, the U-boat attacked again and sank the Beignon.
The Beignon (Master William John Croome) had picked up 84 survivors of the Avelona Star, which had been torpedoed by U-43 (Ambrosius) in the same convoy at 22.27 hours on 30 June. Three crew members and three survivors were lost. The master, 29 crew members and 81 survivors were picked up by the HMS Vesper (D 55) (LtCdr W.F.E. Husssey DFC) and HMS Windsor (D 42) (LtCdr P.P.H.R. Pelly) and landed at Plymouth.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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