Ships hit by U-boats

British Viscount

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish Viscount
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,895 tons
Completed1921 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-73 (Helmut Rosenbaum)
Position58° 15'N, 27° 30'W - Grid AK 3687
Complement48 (28 dead and 20 survivors).
ConvoySC-26 (dispersed)
RouteCuraçao - Sydney - Scapa Flow 
Cargo9500 tons of Admiralty fuel oil 
History Completed in June 1921 
Notes on event

At 08.32 hours on 3 April 1941 the British Viscount (Master William Caghill Baikie), dispersed from convoy SC-26 three hours before, was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-73 south-southwest of Iceland. The tanker caught fire, was abandoned and foundered later in 58°18N/27°50W. The master and 27 crew members were lost. 18 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr E.H. Thomas, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 30 people who were on board

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