British Steam tanker
|Completed||1928 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Tankers Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||19 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)|
|Position||30° 39'S, 34° 41'E - Grid KP 9780|
|Complement||48 (36 dead and 12 survivors).|
|Route||Bandar Mashur (28 Oct) - Bandar Abbas (30 Oct) - Capetown|
|Cargo||13,000 tons of Admiralty fuel oil|
|History||Completed in May 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.07 hours on 19 November 1942 the unescorted Scottish Chief (Master Thomas Thorogood), dispersed from convoy PA-8, was hit by two torpedoes from U-177 about 200 miles east-southeast of Durban. The tanker broke up in a big explosion and sank in flames. The master, 32 crew members and three gunners were lost. Five survivors were picked up by HMS Jasmine (K 23) (LtCdr C.D.B. Coventry, RNR) and seven survivors by HMS Genista (K 200) (LtCdr R.M. Pattinson, DSC, RNR) and landed at Durban.
|On board||We have details of 38 people who were on board.|
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