Ships hit by U-boats

Hawarden Castle

British Motor merchant

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NameHawarden Castle
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage210 tons
Completed1907 - C. Lühring, Hammelwarden 
OwnerWilliam Worall, Chester 
Date of attack14 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-17 (Heinz von Reiche)
Position51° 07'N, 1° 27'E - Grid AN 7996
Complement6 (6 dead - no survivors)
RouteNieuport (13 Sep) - London 
CargoCement and/or bricks 
History Built as German sailing vessel Emma Linnemann for Reederei Hermann Linnemann, Hamburg. 1910 renamed Columbus for Claus Dreyer, Bremen. The ship was seized at Antwerp when the First World War broke out and was blocked in the harbour. After the war the ship was returned and converted to a motor merchant. From 1922 to 1923, she was owned by Carl Joh. Klingenberg & Co, Bremen and then by the Atlantic Reederei AG, Bremen. 1924 sold to Britain and renamed Hawarden Castle for W. Worall, Chester. 
Notes on event

On 13 September 1939 the Hawarden Castle (Master William Worrall, DSC) left Nieuport and was reported missing thereafter without a trace. The ship probably hit a mine laid on 5 September by U-17 east of South Foreland, as the finding of a small unidentified wreck littered by yellow bricks in 51°07N/01°27E indicates.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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