Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Stangrant under her former name Port Macquarie. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,804 tons
Completed1912 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack13 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position58° 27'N, 12° 36'W - Grid AM 1694
Complement38 (8 dead and 30 survivors).
ConvoyHX-77 (straggler)
RouteHampton Roads, Virginia - Halifax - Belfast 
Cargo7715 tons of steel and scrap 
History Completed in September 1912 as Port Macquarie for Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd (W. Milburn & Co), London. 1927 renamed Cambrian Marchioness for William Thomas Shipping Co Ltd (R.J. Thomas & Co Ltd), Liverpool. 1930 renamed Clan Grant for The Clan Line Steamers Ltd, London. 1939 renamed Stangrant for J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 19.57 hours on 13 Oct 1940 the unescorted Stangrant (Master Evan David Rowlands), a straggler from convoy HX-77, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-37 and sank on even keel northeast of Rockall. Eight crew members were lost. The survivors in one of the lifeboats were questioned by the Germans. The master, 28 crew members and one gunner were rescued by a Sunderland flying boat (10 Sqdn RAAF) and landed at Oban.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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