Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,207 tons
Completed1937 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack16 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-110 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position61° 20'N, 17° 00'W - Grid AE 7959
Complement57 (36 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteAruba (12 Feb) - Bermuda (27 Feb) - Coryton 
CargoOil products, including pool spirit and benzine 
History Completed in March 1937

Broken up at Rosyth in October 1959. 
Notes on event

Between 00.18 and 00.22 hours on 16 March 1941, U-110 fired three torpedoes at ships in convoy HX-112 and reported one tanker sunk and a possible hit on a steamer. In fact, the Erodona in station #11 was hit by a torpedo and exploded when the cargo in tank #4 caught fire. 34 crew members and two gunners were lost. The surviving crew members had to abandon ship but the tanker did not sink.

After the fire burnt out the Erodona was taken in tow by HMS Thames to Edisvik near Reykjavik, arriving on 30 March. Due to the extensive damages the temporary repairs lasted until August 1942, when she was towed to Blyth to be fitted with a complete new stern section. The tanker returned to service in February 1944.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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