British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland|
|Owner||R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||5 Jul 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-334 (Hilmar Siemon)|
|Position||74° 54'N, 37° 40'E - Grid AC 2861|
|Complement||52 (0 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Reykjavik (27 Jun) - Archangel|
|Cargo||2005 tons of military stores and 195 vehicles, 33 aircraft and a steam launch as deck cargo|
|History||Completed in October 1941 |
|Notes on event|
On 5 July 1942 the unescorted Earlston (Master Hilmar John Stenwich, DSC), dispersed on 4 July from convoy PQ-17, was damaged by bombs from German Ju88 aircraft of III./KG 30 based at Banak, Norway.
At 17.47 hours the same day, U-334 sank the ship with two coups de grâce northeast of North Cape. The master and three gunners were taken prisoner. The second officer and 20 survivors landed on the Rabachi Pensulina after seven days. The chief officer and 26 survivors landed on Norwegian-occupied territory.
|On board||We have details of 31 people who were on board.|
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