Ships hit by U-boats


British General

British Steam tanker



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish General
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,989 tons
Completed1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack6 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position51° 42'N, 24° 03'W - Grid AL 8424
Complement47 (47 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOA-222 (dispersed)
RouteTyne (27 Sep) - Methil (30 Sep) - Abadan 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in June 1922 
Notes on event

At 18.55 hours on 6 October 1940 the unescorted British General (Master Frank Oswald Armstrong), dispersed from convoy OA-222, was hit underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-37 about 550 miles west of Valentia Island. The hit had not much effect but the tanker stopped after being hit aft by a second torpedo at 23.10 hours. The U-boat stayed nearby during the night to wait for the ship to sink, but the disabled British General remained afloat. U-37 could not finish her off with the deck gun because she was armed and around noon the tanker crew even tried to communicate with the U-boat by Morse signals. The tanker finally sank in 51°42N/24°50W at 20.00 hours on 7 October, after being hit by two coups de grâce. The master, 45 crew members and one gunner were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 47 people who were on board

Location of attack on British General.

ship sunk.


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