Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Northern Rover (4.58)

British A/S trawler

Photo courtesy of Trevor Hallifax

NameHMS Northern Rover (4.58)
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage655 tons
Completed1936 - Deschimag Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack30 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald J├╝rst)
Position59° 57'N, 4° 24'W - Grid AN 1313
Complement27 (27 dead - no survivors)
RouteKirkwall - patrol area - Kirkwall 
History Completed in October 1936 as steam trawler Northern Rover (LO 164) for Mac Line Ltd (Lever Brothers Ltd), London. 1937 transferred to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London. In August 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as armed boarding vessel, based in Kirkwall for Contraband Duties. 
Notes on event

At 23.35 hours on 30 Oct 1939, HMS Northern Rover (4.58) (Lt M.H. Macpherson, RN) was hit by one torpedo from U-59 and sank about 100 miles west of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Islands. The commander, three officers and 23 ratings were lost.

On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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