Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,843 tons
Completed1923 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerHeadlam & Sons, Whitby 
Date of attack17 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position59° 14'N, 17° 51'W - Grid AL 3388
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteCorner Brook - Francis Harbour, Labrador - Sydney (5 Oct) - Clyde 
Cargo1685 fathoms of pit props 
Notes on event

At 05.53 hours on 17 Oct 1940, U-48 fired three torpedoes at three ships in convoy SC-7 about 160 miles northwest of Rockall and reported two ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, only the Languedoc and Scoresby were hit by one torpedo each and sank.

The Scoresby (Master Lawrence Zebedee Weatherill) was the ship of the vice commodore. The master and 38 crew members were picked up by HMS Bluebell (K 80) (LtCdr Robert E. Sherwood) and landed at Gourock on 20 October.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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