Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,356 tons
Completed1938 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
HomeportSt. Johns 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position57° 48'N, 41° 36'W - Grid AJ 3455
Complement56 (22 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyHX-126 (dispersed)
RouteBotwood, Newfoundland - Halifax - London 
Cargo1998 tons of steel and 4750 tons of newsprint and paper pulp 
History Completed in December 1938 
Notes on event

At 17.29 hours on 20 May 1941 the unescorted Rothermere (Master George McCartney Sime), dispersed from convoy HX-126 the same day, was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-98 southeast of Cape Farewell. The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 17.56 hours. The master, 18 crew members and three gunners were lost. 32 crew members, one gunner and one passenger were picked up by the Icelandic steam merchant Bruarfoss and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 22 people who were on board

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