Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam passenger ship

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage10,183 tons
Completed1920 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerBibby Brothers & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position44° 52'N, 14° 31'W - Grid BE 9272
Complement281 (58 dead and 223 survivors).
RouteRangoon, Burma (13 Sep) - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo, including parrafin wax 
History Completed in September 1920 
Notes on event

At 16.31 hours on 17 Oct 1939 the Yorkshire (Master Victor Charles Patrick Smalley) in convoy HG-3 was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-37 and sank about 160 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre. The master, 24 crew members and 33 passengers were lost. 105 crew members and 118 passengers were picked up by the American steam merchant Independence Hall and landed at Bordeaux on 20 October.

On boardWe have details of 49 people who were on board

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