Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,361 tons
Completed1934 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerJames Currie & Co Ltd, Leith 
Date of attack23 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-565 (Wilhelm Franken)
Position31° 51'N, 26° 37'E - Grid CO 9237
Complement23 (1 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteTobruk (22 Apr) - Alexandria 
History Completed in September 1934 
Notes on event

At 02.55 hours on 23 April 1942, U-565 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy TA-36 about 35 miles east-northeast of Sidi Barrani and observed a hit in the stern of a freighter after 4 minutes 5 seconds. The ship developed a list and stopped. At 03.01 hours, another spread of two torpedoes was fired and a detonation was heard after 4 minutes 15 seconds, followed by a heavier explosion. Franken reported two ships sunk, but only the Kirkland (Master James Stuart Brown) was hit and sunk. One crew member was lost. The master, 15 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Falk (FY 789) (Lt H.S. Upperton, RNR) and landed at Mersa Matruh.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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