Ships hit by U-boats

British Security

British Motor tanker

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NameBritish Security
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,470 tons
Completed1937 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-556 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position57° 28'N, 41° 07'W - Grid AJ 3482
Complement53 (53 dead - no survivors)
RouteCuraçao - Halifax - Bowling 
Cargo11.200 tons of benzine and kerosene 
History Completed in December 1937 
Notes on event

At 14.48, 14.50 and 15.16 hours on 20 May 1941, U-556 fired torpedoes at convoy HX-126 south of Cape Farewell and sank three ships, the Darlington Court, British Security and Cockaponset.

The British Security (Master Arnold James Akers) caught fire after she was hit and burned for three days until she sank in 57°14N/39°23W. The master, 48 crew members and four gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 53 people who were on board

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