Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2096

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,804 tons
Completed1925 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerWilliam Brown, Atkinson & Co Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack30 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position58° 48'N, 6° 49'W - Grid AM 3538
Complement35 (24 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Halifax (16 Aug) - Methil - London 
Cargo7600 tons of maize 
History Completed in November 1925 
Notes on event

Between 02.20 and 02.48 hours on 30 Aug 1940, U-32 attacked convoy HX-66A 58 miles west-northwest of Cape Wrath and sank the Mill Hill, Chelsea and Norne and missed a fourth ship.

The Chelsea (Master Robert Harrison) was hit by one torpedo amidships and settled by the bow, but remained afloat. The ship foundered later in 59°45N/04°00W. The master, 22 crew members and one gunner were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Lord Cecil and landed at Scrabster, Caithness.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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