Ships hit by U-boats

Clan Chisholm

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameClan Chisholm
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,256 tons
Completed1937 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
Date of attack17 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position44° 57'N, 13° 40'W - Grid BE 9153
Complement78 (4 dead and 74 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Liverpool - Glasgow 
Cargo3300 tons of tea, 1900 tons of jute, 1750 tons of pig iron and 2600 tons of general cargo, including coconuts and cotton 
History Completed in October 1937 
Notes on event

At 20.35 hours on 17 Oct 1939 the Clan Chisholm (Master Francis T. Stenson) in convoy HG-3 was hit aft by one torpedo from U-48 and sank about 150 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The ship had been hit by a dud torpedo at 20.32 hours. Four crew members were lost. The master and 41 survivors were picked up by the Swedish motor merchant Bardaland and landed at Kirkwall. 17 crew members were picked up by the Norwegian whaler Skudd and 15 others by the Warwick Castle.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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