Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,976 tons
Completed1930 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack9 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-110 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position60° 45'N, 33° 02'W - Grid AK 21
Complement50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteTyne - Sydney 
History Built as Traprain Law 1933 renamed Esmond 
Notes on event

At 11.58 hours on 9 May 1941, U-110 attacked convoy OB-318 east of Cape Farewell and sank the Bengore Head and the Esmond, but was then captured after being heavy damaged in the counterattack of the escort ships and foundered later.

The master, 44 crew members and five gunners from the Esmond (Master James Bernard McAulay Macaffert) were rescued. 22 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian merchant Borgfred, 27 survivors by the Aelybryn and landed at Sydney on 18 May. One survivor was picked up by the HMS Aubretia (K 96) (LtCdr V.F. Smith) and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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