Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,270 tons
Completed1919 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSt. Ives 
Date of attack9 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Ernst Mengersen)
Position46° 45'N, 38° 00'W - Grid BD 4473
Complement44 (44 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-329 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Clyde (1 Jun) - Montreal 
History Launched as War Laurel for The Shipping Controller, completed in June 1919 as Trevarrack for The Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London.

On 13 March 1941, the Treverrack was lying alongside the Athene in the Clyde. A bomb from a German aircraft hit her and both ships were damaged. 
Notes on event

At 18.35 hours on 9 June 1941 the unescorted Trevarrack (Master William Hambly Freeman), dispersed on 5 June from convoy OB-329 in 51°48N/20°48W, was hit on the starboard side underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-101 and sank by the bow in less than three minutes after a boiler explosion about 600 miles east of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The U-boat had spotted the ship coming out of fog at 17.10 hours and reported seeing three lifeboats after the sinking. However, the master, 36 crew members and seven gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

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