Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,125 tons
Completed1925 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerConsett Iron Co Ltd (Wm. Dickinson & Co), Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack8 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-642 (Herbert Brünning)
Position57° 39'N, 27° 36'W - Grid AK 3857
Complement30 (30 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-121 (straggler)
RouteNew York - St. John, New Brunswick (21 Feb) - Halifax (25 Feb) - Liverpool 
Cargo2700 tons of flour 
History Completed in January 1925 as Chilton for Durham SS Co Ltd (T. Smith & Co), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1929 sold to Witherington & Everett, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1935 renamed Seven Seas Sound for Good Hope Shipping Co (Walter Vaughan Ltd), Cardiff. 1937 renamed Leadgate for Consett Iron Co Ltd (Wm. Dickinson & Co), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
Notes on event

At 23.03 hours on 8 March 1943 the unescorted Leadgate (Master Ernest Hay Halliday), a straggler from convoy SC-121, was hit by one torpedo from U-642 and sank about 450 miles west of Rockall. The master, 25 crew members and four gunners were lost.

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