Irish Steam merchant
|Completed||1915 - Eltringhams Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Limerick SS Co Ltd, Limerick|
|Date of attack||4 Sep 1940||Nationality: Irish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)|
|Position||47° 50'N, 9° 12'W - Grid BF 4255|
|Complement||18 (0 dead and 18 survivors).|
|Route||Huelva - Drogheda|
|Cargo||1250 tons of pyrites|
|History||Built as Fairfield, later renamed Luimneach|
During the Spanish Civil War the Luimneach was damaged by bombs in Valencia.
|Notes on event|
On 4 Sep 1940 the unescorted and neutral Luimneach (Master Eric Septimus Jones) was stopped by U-46 with two shots across her bow west-southwest of the Scilly Isles and was sunk at 20.00 hours by gunfire after the crew had abandoned ship. The U-boat was returning from patrol and had no torpedoes left, when the ship was spotted. Endrass was not sure about the nationality of the vessel and the survivors thought that the U-boat had been Italian. After being stopped, the men abandoned ship in one overcrowded lifeboat without provisions. Endrass ordered them to row back to the ship to launch the second boat and handed over rations, cigarettes and rum. Three men were taken prisoner and landed at Lorient on 6 September.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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