Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Tweed under her former name Quercus

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,697 tons
Completed1926 - Dunlop, Bremner & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerTransitus Shipping Ltd (Cornelis A. Lensen), London 
Date of attack8 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position7° 43'N, 15° 11'W - Grid ET 2672
Complement31 (3 dead and 28 survivors).
ConvoyOB-296 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Pepel 
History Completed in May 1926 as British Quercus for Arbor Shipping Co, London. 1927 sold to the Netherlands and renamed Tweed for NV Nederlandsche Zeereederij, Rotterdam. 1935 sold to Transitus Shipping Ltd (Cornelis A. Lensen), London. 
Notes on event

At 12.25 hours on 8 April 1941 the unescorted Tweed (Master Henry Fellingham), dispersed from convoy OB-296, was hit underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-124 southwest of Freetown. The ship was missed by a second torpedo two minutes later because she turned, but sank by the bow at 12.30 hours. Three crew members were lost. The U-boat surfaced after the attack, approached a capsized lifeboat and took the ten men on it aboard for questioning. While the boat was rightened, the German doctor took care of an injured crew member and they were all allowed to reboard the lifeboat. The master, 25 crew members and two gunners in two lifeboats made landfall at Conakry, French West Africa.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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