Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,122 tons
Completed1930 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack4 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position59° 09'N, 23° 40'W - Grid AL 1486
Complement41 (20 dead and 21 survivors).
ConvoySC-26 (dispersed)
RouteBaltimore, Maryland - Halifax - Loch Ewe 
Cargo7900 tons of grain 
Notes on event

At 03.44 hours on 4 April 1941, U-98 fired a G7e torpedo at Welcombe (Master Richard Edgar Johnson) in a group of ships from the recently dispersed convoy SC-26 south of Iceland. She was hit underneath the stack and sank after 15 minutes. The ship had been missed by a first G7e torpedo at 03.15 hours. The master and 19 crew members were lost. 19 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr C.H. Thomas, DSC) and landed at Liverpool.

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