Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Worcestershire (F 29)

British Armed Merchant Cruiser



Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameHMS Worcestershire (F 29)
Type:Armed Merchant Cruiser
Tonnage11,402 tons
Completed1931 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
HomeportLiverpool 
Date of attack3 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position58° 19'N, 27° 25'W - Grid AK 3688
Complement? men (1 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoySC-26 (dispersed)
Route 
Cargo 
History Completed in February 1931 as motor passenger ship Worcestershire for Bibby Brothers & Co, Liverpool. On 17 Sep 1939, requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the armed merchant cruiser HMS Worcestershire (F 29) until 21 November.

Post-war:
In October 1947 returned to owner. 1961 sold to Japan and renamed Kannon Maru for C. Itoh & Co. Broken up at Osaka in December 1961. 
Notes on event

At 05.42 hours on 3 April 1941, HMS Worcestershire (F 29) (A/Capt John Cresswell, RN), ocean escort from the dispersed convoy SC-26, was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-74. The ship had been missed by a first G7e torpedo at 05.39 hours and was then hit underneath the bridge by the second torpedo, which was a surface runner. The U-boat had fired its last torpedo and could only observe how the ship stopped for two hours and then continued to Liverpool under escort by HMS Hurricane (H 06) (LtCdr H.C. Simms, RN). At 14.22 hours, U-69 (Metzler) tried to attack the damaged ship, but was chased away by two destroyers.

 
On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

ship damaged.


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