British Steam merchant
|Completed||1930 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Donaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||9 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-110 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)|
|Position||60° 45'N, 33° 02'W - Grid AK 21|
|Complement||50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - 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 board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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