Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,190 tons
Completed1932 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerC.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position60° 00'N, 16° 00'W - Grid AL 3133
Complement44 (9 dead and 35 survivors).
ConvoyHX-121 (straggler)
RouteCuraçao - Scapa Flow, Orkneys 
Cargo11,200 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in November 1932 
Notes on event

At 16.15 hours on 28 April 1941 the Capulet (Master Edward Henry Richardson, DSC) in convoy HX-121 was torpedoed by U-552 (Topp) south of Iceland in 60°16N/16°10W. She broke her back, caught fire and was abandoned. Eight crew members and one of four gunners were lost. After HMS Douglas (D 90) (Cdr W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) tried to sink the tanker with gunfire, the destroyer picked up the master and 17 survivors and landed them at Londonderry. 17 survivors were rescued by the British rescue ship Zaafaran (Master Charles Kavanagh McGowan, DSC) and landed at Greenock on 1 May.

At 21.14 hours on 2 May, U-201 found the drifting wreck of the Capulet and sank her by a coup de grâce.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

Attack entries for Capulet

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
28 Apr 1941U-552Oblt. Erich ToppDamaged8,190  
2 May 1941U-201Oblt. Adalbert SchneeSunk8,190  

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