Ships hit by U-boats

Manchester Brigade

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameManchester Brigade
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,042 tons
Completed1918 - Irvine‚Äôs Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Middleton Shipyard, West Hartlepool 
OwnerManchester Liners Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Manchester 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position54° 53'N, 10° 22'W - Grid AM 5727
Complement62 (58 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteManchester - Montreal 
Cargo1147 tons of government and general cargo 
History Completed in August 1918 
Notes on event

Between 00.50 and 00.52 hours on 26 September 1940, U-137 fired three torpedoes at convoy OB-218 west of Malin Head, sank Manchester Brigade and damaged the Ashantian.

The Manchester Brigade (Master Frederick L. Clough) was the ship of convoy commodore Vice-Admiral Humphrey Hugh Smith, DSO, RNR. The master, the commodore, five naval staff members, 50 crew members and one gunner were lost. Four crew members were picked up by the French hospital ship Canada and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 61 people who were on board

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