Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,271 tons
Completed1919 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSt. Ives 
Date of attack4 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Ernst Mengersen)
Position47° 10'N, 31° 00'W - Grid BD 5682
Complement47 (4 dead and 43 survivors).
ConvoyOB-327 (dispersed)
RouteHull - Father Point, New Brunswick 
History Launched as War Lilac for The Shipping Controller, completed in August 1919 as Trecarrell for The Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 05.03 hours on 4 June 1941 the Trecarrell (Master Gordon George Barrett), dispersed on 1 June from convoy OB-327 in 52°42N/22°18W, was hit in the stern by one G7e torpedo from U-101 west of Cape Race. The ship had been chased for about eleven hours and missed by a first G7e torpedo at 04.05 hours. Four crew members were lost. After the survivors abandoned ship in three lifeboats and one raft, a coup de grâce hit the stern of the ship at 05.24 hours. She developed a heavy list to port, but remained afloat so the U-boat opened fire with the deck gun at 05.55 hours. They scored a hit with the first shot, but one man of the gun crew was thrown overboard by the recoil so they were forced to cease fire. MtrOGfr Horst Jackl weared a life jacket but the search for him was futile. At 06.40 hours the U-boat dived to fire another coup de grâce, got to close and rammed the floating steamer, bending its bow to starboard. After so many unlucky events, the commander decided to left the sinking steamer behind. The master, 38 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British steam merchant Cornerbrook and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats