Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,118 tons
Completed1923 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerSmith, Hogg & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack18 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position57° 20'N, 20° 16'W - Grid AL 2881
Complement31 (31 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-3 (straggler)
RouteSt. Johns - Sydney - Holyhead - Liverpool 
Cargo4600 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in June 1923 as Dutch Magdalena for NV A.C. LensenĀ“s Stoomvaart Mij, Terneuzen. 1932 transferred to British flag for Lensen Shipping Ltd (Cornelius A. Lensen), London. 1939 sold to Smith, Hogg & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. 
Notes on event

At 18.49 hours on 18 Sep 1940 the Magdalena (Master Frederick Allen), a straggler from convoy SC-3, was hit by one torpedo from U-48 south of Iceland and sank within ten minutes. The master, 29 crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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