Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,458 tons
Completed1936 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerChristian Salvesen & Co, Edinburgh 
Date of attack24 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position58° 00'N, 21° 00'W - Grid AL 2417
Complement43 (43 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-288 (dispersed)
RouteBarry (12 Feb) - Clyde (19 Feb) - Halifax 
History Completed in April 1936 
Notes on event

At 02.20 hours on 24 Feb 1941 the Sirikishna (Master Robert Paterson), dispersed from convoy OB-288, was hit on the port side amidships by one torpedo from U-96 south of Iceland and was abandoned by the crew. The U-boat first had to load a torpedo from an upper deck container into the boat because all other torpedoes had been spent. At 08.36 hours, a coup de grĂ¢ce was fired that hit amidships and caused the ship to sink rapidly after breaking in two. She was the ship of convoy commodore Rear Admiral R.A.A. Plowden, DSO. The master, the commodore, five naval staff members, 34 crew members and two gunners were lost.

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