Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage5,709 tons
Completed1925 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerHunting & Son Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack15 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)
Position56° 39'N, 11° 16'W - Grid AM 2982
Complement39 (3 dead and 36 survivors).
ConvoyHX-62 (straggler)
RouteCuraƧao - Halifax - Glasgow 
Cargo7860 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in August 1925 
Notes on event

On 15 Aug 1940 the Sylvafield (Master James Edmund King), a straggler from convoy HX-62, was torpedoed by U-51 and sank 190 miles west-northwest of Rockall. Three crew members were lost. The master and 19 crew members were picked up by the Belgian trawler Rubens and landed at Fleetwood. 16 crew members were picked up by HMS Newland and landed at Tobermory, Isle of Mull.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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