Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,434 tons
Completed1936 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerAlexander Capper & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position50° 46'N, 13° 56'W - Grid BE 3344
Complement35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteGeneral Uriburu, Argentina - Manchester 
Cargo3000 tons of tinned meat, 2500 tons of wheat and 2500 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in January 1936 
Notes on event

At 02.03 hours on 18 July 1940 the unescorted Woodbury (Master Norman Rice) was hit aft of amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-99 and sank at 02.50 hours about 300 miles west of Lands End. The master and 18 crew members made landfall at Castletown Berehaven, Co. Cork and 16 crew members at Cahiriveen, Co. Kerry on 19 July.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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