British Steam tanker
|Completed||1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||6 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)|
|Position||51° 42'N, 24° 03'W - Grid AL 8424|
|Complement||47 (47 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Tyne (27 Sep) - Methil (30 Sep) - Abadan|
|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 board||We have details of 47 people who were on board.|
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