Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage10,939 tons
Completed1920 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack 
OwnerFederal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack24 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-57 (Erich Topp)
Position55° 44'N, 7° 32'W - Grid AM 5392
Complement58 (4 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Liverpool - Curaçao - Panama - Port Chalmers, New Zealand 
Cargo9000 tons of general cargo, including metal 
History Completed in August 1920 as Wendland for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg. 1921 transferred to Britain as war reparation and 1922 renamed Cumberland for Federal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 00.42 hours on 24 Aug 1940, U-57 attacked convoy OB-202 25 miles northeast of Malin Head, sank the Saint Dunstan and Cumberland and damaged Havildar.

The Cumberland (Master Edwin Arthur J. Williams) remained afloat and tried to reach port, but sank 8 miles 5° from Inishtrahull. Four crew members were lost. The master and 53 crew members landed at Moville, Co. Donegal.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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