Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,947 tons
Completed1940 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack19 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position56° 45'N, 17° 07'W - Grid AL 0357
Complement34 (0 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteVictoria, British Columbia - Panama - Bermuda (6 Oct) - Middlesbrough 
Cargo7200 tons of lumber and 1700 tons of lead and zinc 
History Completed in July 1940 
Notes on event

At 23.46 hours on 19 Oct 1940, U-46 (Endrass) and U-47 fired one torpedo each at a ship in convoy HX-79 from the same side and both reported a hit, but it is likely that only the latter hit the Wandby (Master John Kenny) in station #16. The ship was on her maiden voyage and remained afloat on her cargo of lumber until she sank on 21 October. The master and 33 crew members were picked up by HMS Angle (FY 201) (Lt A.N. Blundell) and landed at Belfast on 26 October.


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