Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Kyleglen under her former name Senator. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,670 tons
Completed1917 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerMonroe Brothers, Cardiff 
Date of attack14 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position56° 27'N, 22° 48'W - Grid AL 2977
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-256 (dispersed)
RouteMiddlesbrough - Oban - Baltimore, Maryland 
History Completed in February 1917 as Senator for Charente SS Co Ltd (T. & J. Harrison Ltd), Liverpool. 1938 renamed Kyleglen for Monroe Brothers, Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 08.16 hours on 14 December 1940 the unescorted Kyleglen (Master Thomas Storer), dispersed on 12 December in 59°04N/15°30W from convoy OB-256, was hit on port side amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-100 about 300 miles west of Rockall. Schepke observed how the vessel, misidentified as Imperial Valley, settled by the stern and the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats. The U-boat then fired a G7e torpedo from the stern torpedo tube as coup de grâce at 09.06 hours, which struck Kyleglen on port side underneath the aft mast and caused her to sink quickly by the stern. The lifeboats were never seen again: the master and 35 crew members were lost.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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