Ships hit by U-boats

Clan Macnaughton

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameClan Macnaughton
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,088 tons
Completed1921 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
Date of attack1 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position11° 54'N, 54° 25'W - Grid EE 9456
Complement82 (5 dead and 77 survivors).
RouteAlexandria - Freetown (22 Jul) - Trinidad - New York 
Cargo10,670 bales of cotton 
History Completed in October 1921 
Notes on event

At 17.58 hours on 1 Aug 1942 the unescorted Clan Macnaughton (Master Robert John Wylie Bennett) was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-155 and sank after 15 minutes about 180 miles east of Tobago. Four crew members and one gunner were lost. The master and 28 survivors in one lifeboat landed on Tobago Island. The chief officer and 24 survivors were picked up by the Empire Bede and landed at Port of Spain on 5 August. The third mate and 22 survivors landed at Trinidad.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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