Ships hit by U-boats


Irish Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,074 tons
Completed1915 - Eltringhams Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerLimerick SS Co Ltd, Limerick 
Date of attack4 Sep 1940Nationality:      Irish
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position47° 50'N, 9° 12'W - Grid BF 4255
Complement18 (0 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteHuelva - Drogheda 
Cargo1250 tons of pyrites 
History Built as Fairfield, later renamed Luimneach

During the Spanish Civil War the Luimneach was damaged by bombs in Valencia. 

Notes on event

On 4 Sep 1940 the unescorted and neutral Luimneach (Master Eric Septimus Jones) was stopped by U-46 with two shots across her bow west-southwest of the Scilly Isles and was sunk at 20.00 hours by gunfire after the crew had abandoned ship. The U-boat was returning from patrol and had no torpedoes left, when the ship was spotted. Endrass was not sure about the nationality of the vessel and the survivors thought that the U-boat had been Italian. After being stopped, the men abandoned ship in one overcrowded lifeboat without provisions. Endrass ordered them to row back to the ship to launch the second boat and handed over rations, cigarettes and rum. Three men were taken prisoner and landed at Lorient on 6 September.
The master and 14 crew members were picked up by a French fishing boat, transferred to a Spanish trawler and landed at Pasajes, Spain on 13 September.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Location of attack on Luimneach.

ship sunk.

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