Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,653 tons
Completed1919 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerT. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack19 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position57° 00'N, 17° 00'W - Grid AL 0357
Complement81 (9 dead and 72 survivors).
RouteNew York - Halifax (8 Oct) - Liverpool 
Cargo3000 tons of iron, 1200 tons of zinc, grain, machinery and general cargo 
Notes on event

At 22.13 hours on 19 Oct 1940, U-38 fired a torpedo at convoy HX-79 about 120 miles west-southwest of Rockall and missed the intended target but hit a vessel behind, the Matheran. At 22.19 hours, the U-boat fired another torpedo, which struck the Bilderdijk. Liebe then prepared to attack the next ship in the column but had to evade U-47 (Prien), which had set its sights on the same ship, the Uganda and sank her with one torpedo at 22.27 hours.

The master and eight crew members from the Matheran (Master John Greenhall) were lost. 72 crew members were picked up by Loch Lomond from the same convoy, but the ship was sunk the next morning by U-100 (Schepke) as straggler. All men from Matheran survived the second sinking and were picked up by HMS Jason (J 99) (LtCdr R.E. Terry) and landed at Methil.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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