Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,768 tons
Completed1940 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerClaymore Shipping Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack21 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position56° 30'N, 14° 10'W - Grid AM 4241
Complement38 (2 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteBarry - Rio Santiago, Argentina 
Cargo6860 tons of coal 
History Completed in January 1940 
Notes on event

At 07.40 hours on 21 Nov 1940, U-103 fired torpedoes at convoy OB-244 about 250 miles west of Bloody Foreland and sank the Daydawn. Schütze reported a hit on an unknown steamer running directly for the U-boat, but the torpedo glanced off and did not explode. At 07.50 hours another attack was made and the Victoria was sunk.

36 crew members from the Daydawn (Master James Horsfield) were picked up by HMS Rhododendron (K 78) (LtCdr W.N.H. Faichney, RNR). The master and one crew member were lost.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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