Ships hit by U-boats

Norman Monarch

British Steam merchant

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NameNorman Monarch
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,718 tons
Completed1937 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerMonarch SS Co Ltd (Raeburn & VĂ©rel Ltd), Glasgow 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-94 (Herbert Kuppisch)
Position56° 41'N, 40° 52'W - Grid AJ 3792
Complement48 (0 dead and 48 survivors).
RouteHalifax - Barry Roads 
Cargo8300 tons of wheat 
History Completed in July 1937 
Notes on event

At 04.53 hours on 20 May 1941 the Norman Monarch (Master Thomas Alexander Robertson) in position #91 of convoy HX-126 was hit on the starboard side by one of two torpedoes from U-94 and sank about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Farewell. The Harpagus in station #93 was the designed rescue ship for the column and dropped back to rescue survivors. After picking up the master, 41 crew members and six gunners the ship tried to rejoin convoy, but was torpedoed and sunk by U-109 (Fischer). The master 19 crew members and six gunners from the Norman Monarch did not survive the second sinking, the remaining 22 crew members were picked up by HMS Burnham (H 82) (Cdr J. Bostock, DSC, RN) and landed at Reykjavik.

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