Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,106 tons
Completed1917 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerJoseph Robinson & Sons, North Shields 
HomeportNorth Shields 
Date of attack19 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position57° 10'N, 11° 20'W - Grid AM 2981
Complement36 (1 dead and 35 survivors).
ConvoySC-7 (straggler)
RouteSt. Francis, Nova Scotia - Sydney (5 Oct) - Manchester 
Cargo3850 tons of pulpwood 
History Completed in May 1917 
Notes on event

At 03.58 hours on 19 Oct 1940 the Clintonia (Master Thomas Hector Irvin) in convoy SC-7 was hit by one torpedo from U-99 (Kretschmer) about 200 miles west of St. Kilda. The vessel remained afloat and was sunk by gunfire from U-123 at 05.04 hours. One crew member was lost. The master, 33 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Bluebell (K 80) (LtCdr R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and landed at Greenock.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Attack entries for Clintonia

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
19 Oct 1940U-99Kptlt. Otto KretschmerDamaged3,106  
19 Oct 1940U-123Kptlt. Karl-Heinz MoehleSunk3,106  

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