British Steam merchant
|Completed||1932 - Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow|
|Owner||James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith|
|Date of attack||9 Feb 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||35.53N, 13.13W - Grid CG 7555|
|Complement||30 (3 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Lisbon - London|
|Cargo||1395 tons of general cargo|
|Notes on loss|
At 04.30 hours on 9 Feb, 1941, U-37 fired two G7a torpedoes at two ships in convoy HG-53 about 160 miles southwest of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal and sank both ships, Courland and Estrellano. At 05.00 hours, one G7e torpedo was fired in grid CG 7554, but it missed the ships in station #61 and #31 and did not hit a ship beyond them, as Clausen thought.
Three men of the 28 crew members and two gunners aboard Courland (Master Robert Cecil Smith) were lost. 27 survivors were picked up by Brandenburg, which was sunk by the same U-boat the next day. Only one man survived the second sinking, was picked up by HMS Velox (D 34) and landed at Gibraltar.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 31 people who were on this vessel|
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