Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,862 tons
Completed1929 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerHeadlam & Sons, Whitby 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position54° 41'N, 18° 41'W - Grid AL 6548
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyHX-90 (straggler)
RouteChatham, New Brunswick - Immingham 
Cargo1000 tons of steel and timber 
Notes on event

At 06.06 hours on 2 Dec 1940 the Dunsley, a straggler from convoy HX-90, was damaged by gunfire by U-47. The U-boat fired eleven rounds of 88mm and scored five hits. The deck cargo caught fire, but was extinguished by the crew after U-47 broke off the attack. The shelling damaged also shell plates, derricks and masts.


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