Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Sedgepool in 1925. Photo courtesy of Paul Bates

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,556 tons
Completed1918 - Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack19 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position57° 20'N, 11° 22'W - Grid AM 2927
Complement39 (3 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Sydney (5 Oct) - Manchester 
Cargo8720 tons of wheat 
History Completed in February 1918 
Notes on event

At 01.55 hours on 19 Oct 1940 the Sedgepool (Master Robert Bell Witten) in convoy SC-7 was hit by one torpedo from U-123 and sank in five minutes about 80 miles west by south from St. Kilda. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 01.35 hours. The master and two crew members were lost. 35 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the HMS Salvonia (W 43) (Lt G.M.M. Robinson, RNR) and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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