Ships hit by U-boats

St. Lindsay

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameSt. Lindsay
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,370 tons
Completed1921 - Wallace Shipyards Ltd, North Vancouver BC 
OwnerSt. Quentin Shipping Co Ltd (B. & S. Shipping Co), Newport 
Date of attack14 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-751 (Gerhard Bigalk)
Position47° 51'N, 38° 25'W - Grid BD 4144
Complement47 (47 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOG-64 (detached)
RouteGlasgow (3 Jun) - Clyde (5 Jun) - Trinidad - Buenos Aires 
Cargo3000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in January 1921 as Canadian Highlander for the Canadian Government (Merchant Marine Ltd), Montreal. 1928 transferred to Canadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal. 1936 sold to Montreal, Australia, New Zealand Line Ltd (MANZ) Line Ltd, Montreal. 1939 sold to Britain and renamed St. Lindsay for St. Quentin Shipping Co Ltd (B. & S. Shipping Co), Newport. 
Notes on event

At 03.46 hours on 14 June 1941 the unescorted St. Lindsay (Master Oliver John Stanley Hill), detached from convoy OG-64, was hit on port side underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-751 while steaming at 9 knots in rough sea about 580 miles east of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The U-boat fired the torpedo on the surface from a distance of only 350 meters, remaining unseen in the dark night with low visibility, after having missed the ship with a first torpedo at 02.48 hours. The hit caused a very heavy detonation after which the vessel rapidly settled by the bow and sank vertically with the stern raising out of the water after 80 seconds.

St. Lindsay had been reported missing after leaving convoy and was presumed lost in approx. 51°N/30°W. The master, 35 crew members, six gunners and five passengers (naval personnel) were lost.

On boardWe have details of 47 people who were on board

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