Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2292

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,202 tons
Completed1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack13 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position50° 13'N, 14° 48'W - Grid BE 3194
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyOB-17 (straggler)
RouteSwansea - Montreal 
Cargo8000 tons of coal 
History Completed in April 1929 
Notes on event

At 01.16 hours on 13 Oct 1939 the unescorted Heronspool (Master Sydney Edward Batson, OBE) was hit by one torpedo from U-48 and sank 260 miles southwest of Cape Clear. The vessel had been missed by five torpedoes fired by the U-boat at 20.24, 21.15, 23.05, 23.50 and 23.52 hours on 12 October. The master and crew were rescued by the American passenger ship President Harding and landed at New York.

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