Ships hit by U-boats

British Reliance

British Motor tanker

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NameBritish Reliance
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,000 tons
Completed1928 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position58° 21'N, 28° 30'W - Grid AK 3658
Complement50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteAruba - Halifax - Clyde 
Cargo9967 tons of gas oil 
History Completed in February 1928 
Notes on event

At 23.29 hours on 2 April 1941, U-46 attacked convoy SC-26 southwest of Iceland for the first time and reported a hit on the British Reliance and on a steamer of 5000 grt, but was not able to observe the ships sink. In fact, only the British Reliance (Master Alexander Henney) was hit and foundered later in 58°25N/28°21W. The master, 47 crew members and two passengers were picked up by Tennessee and landed at Reykjavik. They were later brought to Gourock by the British motor merchant Royal Ulsterman.

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