Ships hit by U-boats

Coast Wings

British Steam merchant

Coast Wings under her former name Ayresome

NameCoast Wings
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage862 tons
Completed1916 - NV BurgerhoutĀ“s Maschinefabriek & Scheepswerf, Rotterdam 
OwnerWing Line Ltd (Wing Management Co), London 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position49° 27'N, 15° 05'W - Grid BE 3483
Complement16 (16 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOG-43 (straggler)
RouteGourock (20 Sep) - Lisbon 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Laid down as Dutch Hermina for J. de Poorter, Rotterdam, completed as Boekelo for NV Stoomvaart Mij Noordzee, Amsterdam. 1918 taken over by the Shipping Controller and 1919 returned to owners. 1927 sold to Britain and renamed Ayresome for Tyne-Tees Shipping Co, Middlesbrough and 1935 renamed Surreybrook for Comben Longstaff & Co. 1937 sold to Rainham Steamship Co (L.H. Vaizey), London and 1938 to Angli-Iberian Steamship Co, London. 1940 renamed Coast Wings for Wing Line Ltd, Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 01.53 hours on 26 September 1940 the unescorted Coast Wings (Master Evan Phelps Davies), a straggler from convoy OG-43, was hit on starboard side forward by one G7a torpedo from U-46 about 250 miles west-southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland. Debris from the torpedo explosion fell down near the U-boat and the ship sank with a heavy list within a few minutes.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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