Ships hit by U-boats

St. Elwyn

British Steam merchant

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NameSt. Elwyn
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,940 tons
Completed1938 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerSouth American Saint Line, Cardiff 
Date of attack28 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position55° 30'N, 19° 30'W - Grid AL 6824
Complement40 (24 dead and 16 survivors).
ConvoyOB-249 (dispersed)
RouteHull - Santos 
Notes on event

At 20.24 hours on 28 Nov 1940 the St. Elwyn (Master Edward Thomas Alexander Daniells, DSC and bar), dispersed from convoy OB-249, was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-103 about 500 miles east of Bishop Rock. The U-boat had spotted the ship at 09.51 hours and had to overtake her again after a first submerged attack failed due to the zigzag course. The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a coup de grâce in the engine room at 20.27 hours. The master and 23 crew members were lost. 16 crew members were picked up by the British merchant Leeds City and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 28 people who were on board

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