Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,156 tons
Completed1925 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack21 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position55° 20'N, 22° 30'W - Grid AL 5462
Complement56 (2 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteCowichan, British Columbia - Panama - Halifax - Belfast 
CargoGeneral cargo, including timber and metals 
History Completed in April 1925 
Notes on event

At 04.47 hours on 21 Sep 1940 the Elmbank (Master Harold Tyler Phillips) in convoy HX-72 was hit by one torpedo from U-99 and fell behind convoy. About 06.00 hours, the U-boat began shelling the ship, firing 88 rounds, many of them hitting the vessel. After 15.00 hours, U-47 (Prien) helped to shell the abandoned Elmbank, setting her on fire. Eventually, U-99 administered a coup de grâce and the ship sank south of Iceland. The master and one crew member were lost. 54 crew members were picked up by the British steam merchant Pikepool and landed at St. Johns, Newfoundland.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Attack entries for Elmbank

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
21 Sep 1940U-47Kptlt. Günther PrienDamaged5,156  
21 Sep 1940U-99Kptlt. Otto KretschmerSunk5,156  

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