Ships hit by U-boats

Glen Farg

British Steam merchant

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NameGlen Farg
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage876 tons
Completed1937 - John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen 
OwnerChristian Salvesen & Co, Edinburgh 
Date of attack4 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position58° 52'N, 1° 31'W - Grid AN 2679
Complement17 (1 dead and 16 survivors).
RouteFolden Fjord near Trondheim - Methil - Grangemouth 
CargoGeneral cargo, including pulp, carbide, paper and ferro-chrome 
History Completed in October 1937 
Notes on event

At 06.00 hours on 4 Oct 1939 the unescorted Glen Farg (Master Robert Galloway Hall) was hit by a G7a torpedo from U-23 about 60 miles south-southwest of Sumburgh Head. The ship had been spotted at 04.45 hours and was stopped with machine gun fire. The Germans re-opened fire when the radio was used and waited for the crew to abandon ship before sinking her with the torpedo. The survivors were picked up by HMS Firedrake (H 79) (LtCdr S.H. Norris, RN) and landed at Kirkwall the next day.

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