Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,218 tons
Completed1939 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerR.E. Morel & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack1 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position47° 20'N, 10° 30'W - Grid BF 4421
Complement117 (6 dead and 111 survivors).
RouteFreemantle - Freetown (15 Jun) - Newcastle 
Cargo8816 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.

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