Ships hit by U-boats

Saint Dunstan

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

NameSaint Dunstan
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,681 tons
Completed1919 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerSaint Line Ltd (Rankin, Gilmour & Co), Liverpool 
Date of attack24 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-57 (Erich Topp)
Position55° 44'N, 7° 32'W - Grid AM 5392
Complement63 (14 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Baltimore 
History Laid down as War Keep for The Shipping Controller, completed in July 1919 as Saint Dunstan for Saint Line Ltd (Gilmore Rankin & Co Ltd), Liverpool. 
Notes on event

At 00.42 hours on 24 August 1940, U-57 attacked convoy OB-202 25 miles northeast of Malin Head, sank the Saint Dunstan and Cumberland and damaged Havildar.

The Saint Dunstan (Master Thomas Gordon Cookes) was hit by one torpedo but remained afloat. The ship was abandoned by the crew on 25 August and she was taken in tow the next day, but sank on 27 August between Pladda Point and Holy Island, Irish Sea. 14 crew members were lost. The master and 48 crew members were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE), transferred to HMS Witch (D 89) (LtCdr J.R. Barnes, RN), later transferred to HMS Wanderer (D 74) (Cdr J.H. Ruck-Keene, DSC, RN) and landed at Belfast on 25 August.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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