Ships hit by U-boats

Canford Chine

British Steam merchant

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NameCanford Chine
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,364 tons
Completed1917 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerChine Shipping Co Ltd, Swansea 
Date of attack10 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)
Position55° 51'N, 17° 35'W - Grid AL 6269
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOG-52 (straggler)
RouteCardiff - Buenos Aires - Uriburu 
CargoGeneral cargo and coal 
History Completed in December 1917 as Bryntawe for H. & B. Goldberg, Swansea. 1936 renamed Canford Chine for Chine Shipping Co Ltd, Swansea. 
Notes on event

At 14.35 hours on 10 Feb 1941 the unescorted Canford Chine (Master Neil Macdougall), a straggler from convoy OG-52 since 8 February, was hit underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-52 about 165 miles southwest of Rockall. The ship broke in two and sank after being hit amidships by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 15.35 hours. The Germans later observed a lifeboat under sails at the sinking position, but the survivors were never seen again. The master, 33 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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