Ships hit by U-boats

Scottish Monarch

British Steam merchant

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NameScottish Monarch
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,719 tons
Completed1938 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerMonarch SS Co Ltd (Raeburn & Vérel Ltd), Glasgow 
Date of attack1 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position12° 58'N, 27° 20'W - Grid EJ 7135
Complement45 (1 dead and 44 survivors).
ConvoyOB-319 (dispersed)
RouteTyne - Loch Ewe - Freetown 
Cargo7000 tons of coal 
History Completed in December 1938 
Notes on event

At 00.22 hours on 1 June 1941 the Scottish Monarch (Master Graham Clegg Winchester), dispersed from convoy OB-319, was hit in the bow by one torpedo from U-105 southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The ship had been spotted at 07.00 hours the day before and missed with a spread of two torpedoes at 15.35 hours. One crew member was lost. The survivors abandoned ship after the hit and the U-boat fired at 00.36 and 00.52 hours two coups de grâce. The first was a dud but the second detonated near the bridge and caused the ship to sink by the bow after a boiler explosion. The U-boat then questioned the survivors before leaving the area.

The master and 23 survivors were picked up on 8 June by the Dutch motor merchant Alphard and landed at Freetown five days later. The chief officer M. Macleod and 19 survivors were picked up on 11 June by the British steam merchant Christine Marie and landed at Freetown on 19 June.

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