Ships hit by U-boats

Clan Menzies

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameClan Menzies
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,336 tons
Completed1938 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
Date of attack29 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position54° 10'N, 12° 00'W - Grid AM 4977
Complement94 (6 dead and 88 survivors).
RouteSydney NSW - Melbourne - Panama - Liverpool 
Cargo4000 tons of wheat and grain, 2000 tons of dried fruit, 1500 tons of zinc and 840 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in September 1938 
Notes on event

At 02.15 hours on 29 July 1940 the unescorted Clan Menzies (Master William John Hughes) was hit aft by one G7e torpedo from U-99 sank sank by the stern after one hour about 150 miles west of Loop Head, Co. Clare. The ship had been spotted five hours earlier and missed with a first G7e torpedo at 02.03 hours. Six crew members were lost. The master and 87 crew members landed at Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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