Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,261 tons
Completed1929 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack2 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position55° 41'N, 14° 20'W - Grid AM 4245
Complement36 (3 dead and 33 survivors).
RouteSwansea - Montreal 
Cargo6400 tons of coal 
Notes on event

At 22.04 hours on 2 Sep 1940, U-46 attacked convoy OB-206 about 200 miles west of Bloody Foreland and reported the sinking of a tanker and a freighter. However, only the Thornlea (Master John Robert Potts) was sunk in this attack. Three crew members were lost. The master and 18 crew members were picked up by HMCS Skeena (D 59) (LtCdr James C. Hibbard) and landed at Greenock. The chief officer and 13 crew members were picked up the next day by the Norwegian steam merchant Hild and landed at Sydney on 15 September.

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